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COMPUTER-CGAQT 2019 : COMPUTERS - Special Issue on Code Generation, Analysis and Quality Testing


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Submission Deadline Sep 30, 2019
Categories    code generation   code analysis   code quality   unit testing

Call For Papers


Special Issue
"Code Generation, Analysis and Quality Testing"

Special Issue Guest Editors

- Prof. Alberto Simões
2Ai Lab, Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave
- Prof. Ricardo Queirós
School of Media Arts and Design, Polytechnic Institute of Porto
- Prof. Mário Pinto
School of Media Arts and Design, Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Important Dates

- Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019


Programming is still a mainly manual process. The amount of detail a
programmer needs to consider while developing and algorithm can be
quite large. To help programmers, there are three main areas of

1) Code Generation: The development of tools to generate code based on
domain specific languages. Some good old examples are compiler
generators, like flex or yacc. Other more recent tools follow this
idea, like Microsoft Entity Framework, or the VDMTools specification
language. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement and

2) Code Analysis: A large amount of code is running on a daily basis on
the planet. While some code is quite recent, there is a large amount of
legacy software still running. Either to keep legacy software running
smoothly, or to help finding bugs in recently developed software, there
are tools and companies dedicated to analyzing code, finding its flaws.
Unfortunately, most of these tools do static analysis and still have
limitations when it comes to detecting some critical situations;

3) Code Testing: Related to the analysis of software is software
quality testing. In the last few years, a large number of programmers
have been adopting agile techniques that foster the usage of
test-driven development, feature-driven development, and continuous
integration and deployment. The main drawback is that tests are being
written by the same programmers developing applications, making the
development slower, and resulting in biased unit tests.

This Special Issue’s main focus is the development of tools and
practices to help developers in these three aspects.


- automated development
- code generation
- quality assessment
- static code analysis
- unit testing
- automatic code tests
- code quality metrics

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering
and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to
go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the
deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be
published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be
listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review
articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned
papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the
Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be
under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference
proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a
single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other
relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the
Instructions for Authors page. Computers is an international
peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a
manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this
open access journal is 550 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should
be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English
editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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