Please consider submitting to the Workshop on Developing Tools as Plug-ins (TOPI 2012), co-located with ICSE 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. I am on the program committee. Please submit your papers by February 17, 2012. The workshop will be held on June 3, 2012.
Our knowledge as to how to solve software engineering problems is increasingly being encapsulated in tools. These tools are at their strongest when they operate in a pre-existing development environment that can provide integration with existing elements such as compilers, debuggers, profilers and visualizers. Some also exist beyond development time and work with the runtime. A further challenge is to develop tools that can span different – and future – development environments and runtimes. This workshop should of interest to all those interested in developing tools as plug-ins for IDEs, runtimes and browsers. We will examine the categories of problems that are best solved in this way, and look at the future challenges.