Professional Development Seminars

Title Event date Lecturer(s) Abstract
Crossing the Requirements-Design Chasm Saturday, November 2, 2002 - 9:00am Steve Donelow

Gathering requirements is one of the most critical stages in the software lifecycle, although requirements gathering in the real-world is usually an unrepeatable, ad-hoc process because most formal methods are too complex, too costly, or fail to capture the right information. Here's a very common scenario: "Just tell us what you want", says the IT developer. "Just tell me what you need to know", responds the business user.

Recent Breakthroughs in Web Site Usability Research Saturday, October 5, 2002 - 9:00am Jared M. Spool and Christine Perfetti

The seminar presents some of the recent breakthroughs that have occurred in the area of web site usability. User Interface Engineering is a leading producer of breakthrough web site research and they have focused their work on understanding just what it takes to make web sites more usable.

Simplified XML Programming in Water Saturday, May 4, 2002 - 9:00am Christopher Fry & Mike Plusch

Water is a new programming language designed specifically for XML and secure distributed programming. It significantly reduces the complexity of building web applications. Water has one simple and concise representation for data, logic, and presentation. The language has a concise XML syntax and unifies existing web standards including HTML, JavaScript, Java, CSS, URL, JSP, XSLT, and SQL. Even the debugger and documentation tool use the native Water language. Water supports a "Learn Once, Use Everywhere" philosophy.

Understanding Network Security Protocols Saturday, April 27, 2002 - 9:00am Radia Perlman & Charlie Kaufman

The two most important questions that network security protocols attempt to answer are "Who are you?" and "Should you be doing that?" This lecture will give an overview of how network security protocols work, including the basics of Cryptography, key distribution, and protocol design pitfalls. It also will emphasize the system issues involved in making such systems work. Although the cryptography might be sound and the protocols themselves correct, there tend to be other issues, without which things are not deployable, or scalable, or secure.

JavaServer Pages Development Saturday, March 16, 2002 - 9:00am John Zukowski

JavaServer Pages (JSP) is Sun's approach to creating dynamic Web sites with a cross-platform, server-side scripting language. Developed primarily for the non-programmer to take advantage of Java servlets and JavaBean components, JSP allows web designers and Java prog