A current trend in software architecture is to make use of the benefits of
software components (i.e., software units with well defined requires and
provides interfaces which contractually specify component deployment and
inter-component dependencies and interactions). One of the expected benefits
from a linkage of software architecture and components is the use of
contractual interfaces specifications which allow the inference of global
system properties (e.g., quality attributes) from local component properties
and architectural interaction patterns. However, practice has shown that this
linkage is not as straightforward as it seems and, therefore, further
investigations are needed to overcome the respective problems.
The aim of the 2005 Australasian Workshop on Software and System Architectures
(AWSA 2005) is to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss
ideas, exchange experiences and explore future directions in the area of
software architectures and component-based software engineering. In
particular, the workshop encourages submissions reporting industrial
experiences (positive and negative) when using software components for
architecting, configuring, or reengineering software and system architectures.
The localisation of software and web content for disparate
users is essential for firms wishing to compete in the global
IT market. Given the limited size of regional markets, and
dominant vendors in many of the most important sectors, the
issue is one of great moment for the future of software
development in the Asia-Pacific region. While localisation
of a small-scale application for a second environment may
appear straightforward, ad hoc approaches are less
successful as size and the number of target locales increase,
and more complex applications may bring the costs of re-
engineering into sharp relief.
Successful localisation to multiple environments
requires a disciplined software engineering approach,
with internationalisation and localisation integrated as
part of the software development process. While significant
progress has been made in this area in recent years, a number
of issues remain fertile soil for ongoing research.
The Asia-Pacific Workshop on Software Internationalisation
is designed to link academics and practitioners to foster
progress in this key area. The workshop will feature a range
of industry and academic presentations, and keynote addresses
in machine translation and open source internationalisation.