West Virginia University Bases Class on Mozilla

Sunday October 3rd, 1999

An innovative class at West Virginia University uses the open resources at to track and study the creation of a full-scale 'real-life' software project. Tim Newton, a student in the Software Anatomy class, has more:

"The masterís program in software engineering at WVU holds a very interesting class based on the Mozilla web site. Software Anatomy, taught by Dr. John Callahan, structures the class around a huge software project. Dr. Callahan decided that Mozilla had everything needed to show students the complexity of a 'real life' software project, which takes several departments to function. Everyone in the class has to pick a topic from which Mozilla is structured around. Presentations and lectures from each student are required so that all class members can learn more detail about each process from their fellow classmates. So far, the class has proven very successful in keeping the studentís interest and demonstrating all the avenues needed to put a complex project together."

#7 A source for documentation?

by jcallahan <>

Tuesday October 5th, 1999 8:56 AM

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I would like to make the student's presentation materials and our weekly reports available to the public, but I need to respect the student's ownership of their work. As soon as I work out the legal issues through the university, the stuff will make it to the course WWW pages (<>).

I also think that a book or book series on Software Anatomy would be a good idea. Such texts could be used in other MSE programs. I have had some discussions with publishers, but nothing serious yet.