Informatica Economica Vol. 20 No. 2/2016

Issue Topic: Mobile Applications Maintenance

CONTENTS

A Comparative Analysis of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Platforms
Maria CONACHE, Ramona DIMA, Andreea MUTU 5
The MOOC platforms have known a considerable development in recent years due to the enlargement of online space and the shifting between traditional to virtual activities. These plat-forms made it possible for people almost everywhere to take online academic courses offered by top universities via open access to web and with unlimited participation. Thus, it came naturally to us to address the question what makes them so successful? The purpose of this paper is to report comparatively MOOC platforms in terms of features, based on the userís implication and demands. First, we chose four relevant lifelong learning platforms and then we structured three main categories for the platforms' qualification, depending on which we built our theory regarding the comparison between them. Our analysis consists of three sets of criteria: business model, course design and popularity among online users. Starting from this perspective, we built a range of representative factors for which we highlighted the major aspects for each plat-form in our comparative research.
Keywords: MOOC Platforms, Learning, Course Experience, Website Popularity

Comparative Analysis of the Online Recruiting Platforms using Utility-related Factors
Gabriel CALIN, Iulia BIVOLARU, Paula IVAN 15
The purpose of this study was to investigate the possibility of defining factors which can be used as a measure of the utility of different types of online recruiting platforms and then measure these factors for different such platforms. Three platforms were chosen: freelancer.com, stagiipebune.ro and hipo.ro. We measured 25 features, which together gave a value for the utility of each platform. Based on these values, it is clear that important features which make a difference nowadays are integration with social media and mobile applications and also the way the information is presented. Information should be easy to follow, but not too scarce.
Keywords: E-Recruiting, Utility Factors, Comparative Analysis, Features

Implementation of a Test Data Generator based on DSL Files
Paul POCATILU, Alin ZAMFIROIU 24
In software testing process, test data generation represents an important step for high quality software, even for mobile devices. As proposed in previous works, a potential source for random data generation is represented by the UI layout files that are used for almost all mobile platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone/Mobile). This paper continues the previous work and presents a test data generation system based on Android layout files. The test data generator uses DSL files as input and generates test data that conform to several testing principles. The generated test data could be stored in XML files or any format required by the testing frameworks.
Keywords: Mobile Applications, UI Layout Files, Software Testing, Test Data Generators, Software Quality, Unit Testing

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Comparative Analysis of the Main Platforms
Lidia Mihaela FUNIERU, Florin LAZAROIU 35
Massive open online courses have been recently introduced as a modern learning method mainly due to the great progress made in the fields of Information Technology and, moreover, the ever increasing number of technologies supported by the Internet. The rapidly growing diversity of MOOC providers and the popularity of this fast emerging learning option influenced this analysis to compare the main characteristics of the most popular MOOC platforms at this time, Coursera and edX. The platforms have been compared from both a technical and a user perspective and each detailed feature was graded based on its strengths and weaknesses.
Keywords: Characteristics, Comparison, Open Online Course Platform, Technical, User

E-recruiting Platforms: Features that Influence the Efficiency of Online Recruitment Systems
Ondina ROSOIU, Cristian POPESCU 46
Twenty active e-recruitment platform users took part in this study for discovering the most asked for features in a web based hiring process. The respondents were chosen based on their history on such recruitment platforms. With the help of our Internet users we narrowed down the number of platforms, to research for outstanding features and tool efficiency, to five most impressive ones (e-jobs, hipo, bestjobs, LinkedIn, Freelancer). The results were as useful as we expected when we proposed an investigation related to the future of web recruiting platforms. They underlined in a specific manner that most of such web platform users need to have a professional and fully functional environment where they can list their accomplishments and experience and receive direct feedback from employers or employees. The study also shows in detail how much and why do users like to have certain functionalities when they are searching for a new job.
Keywords: Human Resource, Recruitment Platforms, Features, Job Seekers, E-recruiting

Research Regarding the Social Media Recruitment Tools in Romania
Mihaela SAROS - ROGOBETE, Adrian-Gabriel SAV 56
The study performed in this article is a quantitative marketing research aimed to find out how useful the social media recruitment tools are for companies. Based on this, we wanted to measure the level of satisfaction offered by these instruments. The purpose of our research is to see if the social media recruitment tools really help companies in making decisions about employment. Questionnaire was designed and promoted. 100 respondents had answered. The respondents were HR specialists and we have taken into consideration only the answers of organizations that use social media recruitment tools. After results and analysis, we discover that the vast majority of the respondents declared themselves satisfied about social media recruitment tools.
Keywords: Social Media, Recruitment Tools, Research, Companies, Human Resources Specialists

Publishing Guide for Authors 67

INFOREC Association 69