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Title: COMP 208214215216 Lecture 1

COMP 208/214/215/216 Lecture 1
  • Introduction

Group Software Projects
  • Peter McBurney (Room 1.04)
  • Course Co-ordinator
  • Project Monitor, Lecturer
  • Trish Lunt and Wendy England
  • (Centre for Lifelong Learning)
  • Lecturers on Group Working
  • Birgitta Weber
  • Project Monitor (Room 1.13)
  • Trevor Bench-Capon
  • Project Assessor
  • Phil Jimmieson
  • Technical Support/Advice (Room G.41)

Aims of the Course
  • To give experience of working as part of a team
    to develop a substantial piece of software
  • Both of these aspects are important
  • Building a large piece of software presents
    different problems from coursework exercises
  • Almost all work in the real world is done by

Software Development is usually a team effort
  • RedHat GNU/Linux 7.1
  • 30 million source lines of code (SLOC)
  • 8,000 person-years effort
  • Cost (if developed conventionally) gt US 1 bn.
  • Windows XP
  • 40 million SLOC
  • Debian GNU/Linux 3.1
  • 213 million SLOC (predicted).
  • Source Wikipedia Source Lines of Code
    (consulted 18.01.06)

This is your project
  • The project gives an opportunity to show
    initiative and to take control of your learning
  • As a group you are responsible for
  • Choosing the application area
  • Finding what you need to know
  • Planning the project
  • Progressing the project
  • Delivering the products on time
  • Of course, all of this will be done within the
    guidelines laid down.

Project Framework
  • The framework comprises
  • The software required
  • For 208, essentially a database application, in
    an area of your choice
  • For 215/216, WAP access to a database
  • For 214, a search engine for a P2P network
  • Various intermediate deliverables which need to
    be available at appropriate check points
  • Requirements, design, implementation
  • To provide feedback on your progress
  • To form the basis of assessment
  • A methodology to be followed.

Software Required 208
  • The aim of the project for COMP208 is to produce
    a database application in an area determined by
    you, which, as a minimum
  • Supports users and administrators
  • Is of reasonable complexity
  • Contains useful information
  • Supports a range of sensible queries and
  • It is permitted (but not necessary) to provide
    web access to your database (eg, using PHP).

Software 215-216
  • The aim of the project for COMP215-216 is to
    create a WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) interface
    to a database in an area determined by you,
    which, as a minimum
  • Supports users and administrators
  • Is of reasonable complexity
  • Contains useful information
  • Supports a range of sensible queries and
  • You may emulate the WAP interface if you are not
    able to find a free-ware WAP simulator.

Software Required 214
  • The aim of the project for COMP214 is to create a
    search engine able to query a Peer-to-Peer (P2P)
  • Information (such as music files) in a P2P
    network is distributed and may be difficult to
    find. If there is no central catalog of which
    nodes hold which files, then some search
    algorithm is needed to locate nodes (peers) with
    the desired information.
  • You will need to define the P2P network structure
    (eg, flat, cellular, hierarchical) and develop
    alternative algorithms for searching the network.

  • Project Web Page
  • Any questions please email me at
  • Books
  • Lectures
  • The Web
  • Your Project Monitor.

  • Thomas Connolly and Carolyn Begg Database
    Solutions, Addison Wesley, 2000.
  • This book gives a step by step guide to
    developing a database application. This book will
    serve as a "project handbook". It is essential
    that each team in COMP208 has access to a copy of
    this book.
  • Christian W. Dawson Computing Projects A
    Student's Guide, Prentice Hall, 2000.
  • This book gives good advice on all aspects of how
    to set about computing projects. Every team in
    all modules should have access to a copy of this
  • Of course, you can make use of other books and
    the WWW if you wish

  • There will be 12 lectures on this course.
  • A schedule can be found at
  • Lectures cover
  • Introduction (1)
  • Transferable skills meetings, planning, quality
    assurance, presentations, writing reports (5)
  • Information about the assessments requirements,
    design, demonstration, final portfolio (3)
  • Group working skills (3) One of these sessions
    will be 2 hours (14/2/06).

Project Monitors
  • Each team is assigned a project monitor. The
    project monitor will
  • Check progress on the project
  • Assess the project at the various review stages
  • Act as a point of contact for queries and
  • Project reviews will be undertaken by
  • Dr Peter McBurney
  • Dr Birgitta Weber
  • Professor Trevor Bench-Capon.

Technical Support
  • For technical problems, the first point of
    contact should be
  • Mr Phil Jimmieson (Room G.41).
  • Phil will advertise times at which he will be
    available for consultation.
  • Normally available
  • 2 - 4 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Project Stages
  • Detailed planning is up to you. But you must
    follow the following phases
  • Phase 1 Requirements (weeks 1-4)
  • Phase 2 Design (weeks 5-8)
  • Phase 3 Implementation and Testing (weeks 9-10)
  • Phase 4 Final Report (weeks 11-12)
  • Each phase will produce an assessed deliverable
    Details of what is required at each stage can be
    found in Connolly and Begg and on the Web page.
  • You may aim to complete these phases more
    quickly, but each phase must produce its
    deliverable by the stipulated time.

Assessed Work
  • Meetings
  • Each team must meet formally each week. A (hard
    copy) note of each meeting must be given to the
    project monitor within 1 week. (More on meetings
    in tomorrows lecture)
  • Requirements
  • Review with project monitor in week 5
  • Design
  • Review with project monitor in week 8
  • Demonstration
  • Given to project monitor in week 10
  • Portfolio
  • Submitted at end of week 12.

More details on the web page and in later
Phase 1 - Requirements
  • Database planning
  • Choose an area for your data base
  • Determine its objectives and aims
  • System Definition
  • Decide what will be in the database and what
  • Identify categories of potential user
  • Requirements Collection and Analysis
  • Specify the requirements for each class of user.

What to Do First
  • Chose your application area
  • e.g. sporting information players, teams,
    matches, competitions
  • e.g. music information musicians, bands, albums,
    record companies, charts
  • e.g. product information models, brands,
    manufacturers, outlets
  • NOT a video/music/game shop that is the case
    study in the text book
  • Plan your project
  • Read Connolly and Begg to find out what needs to
    be done
  • Identify the tasks that will achieve these things
  • Decide who will carry out the tasks.
  • More on planning in Lecture 3.

Professional Issues
  • Awareness of professional issues is considered
    important for software developers.
  • The British Computer Society issue a code of
  • You should be aware of what this says, and follow
    it as applicable. It is available by following
    the Professional Issues link from the module

Submission Deadlines
  • Requirements documents Friday 17.02.06
  • Design documents Friday 10.03.06
  • Group Portfolio Friday 05.05.06
  • Individual Submission Friday 05.05.06.
  • All submissions due at 12 noon.
  • Submit to
  • Mrs Lowry, Room 3.12, Chadwick Building.

  • This course is different to your other courses in
    second year.
  • You will need to take a more active role.
  • If you have questions about the course, please do
    ask me. I prefer e-mail.
  • I hope you will find the course interesting and