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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Estimation Techniques - For Web Engineering Projects

Early estimation is required during planning even though there is a huge chance that these are proven wrong. Some uncertainty is unacceptable and some solid techniques and concrete procedures help reduce the inaccuracy of estimates.

Estimating techniques for web engineering projects adapt the agile process model. Along with the agile estimation approach, a modified function point (FP) measure can be used to develop an estimate for a web application. Roetzheim suggests for web application estimation, the information domain values while adapting function points are:

- Inputs include maintenance screen, input screen or form or each tab using a tab notebook.
- Outputs include static web page, dynamic web page script, each report whether web based or administrative in nature.
- Tables include logical tables in database, each XML object if XML is used to store data.
- Interfaces are logical files into our out of the system boundaries.
- Queries are a message oriented interface and they are externally published.

According to Mendes:
The best way to determine the volume of the web application is by :
- predictor variables that are associated with application like page count, function count, media count,
- web page characteristics like page complexity, linking and graphic complexity,
- media characteristics like media duration,
- functional characteristics like code length.

Empirical estimation models for:
- total project effort
- page authoring effort
- media authoring effort
- scripting effort
can be evaluated by using these measures.

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