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DARE toolset for the Year 2000 computer problem

Dates Renovation Enterprise (DARE) is a project under the EU's specific RTD programme in the field of Information Technologies (ESPRIT) with the overall objective of verifying the industrial viability of technology produced within the RECYCLE project (ESPRIT project 7089).

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Dates Renovation Enterprise (DARE) is a project under the EU's specific RTD programme in the field of Information Technologies (ESPRIT) with the overall objective of verifying the industrial viability of technology produced within the RECYCLE project (ESPRIT project 7089).

The DARE project was established in order to specifically address Year 2000 software renovation projects and to identify properly the best software renovation strategy which would automatically perform such elements as source code scanning, modification, and testing functions. A toolset providing technology support has been developed for this purpose.

A renovation trial using the RECYCLE technology, developed by Engineering-Ingegneria Informatica, has been carried out with project partner Banco di Chiavari e della Riviera Ligure, addressing a software application for the management of credit instrument portfolios. The main aim of this trial was to evaluate cost issues and trial consolidated costs were compared with time and resource estimates that would have been required to accomplish the same activities, without the new technology support.

The main results of the trial application include:

- The toolset proved to be very effective in supporting large-scale Year 2000 renovation projects;
- A substantial reduction in the time and resources required to correct large and complex applications;
- Comprehensive automatic identification and classification of dates within the programmes substantially reduced the amount of manual work required.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII

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