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Evaluating a query framework for software evolution data


Würsch, Michael; Giger, Emanuel; Gall, Harald (2013). Evaluating a query framework for software evolution data. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, 22(4):38.

Abstract

With the steady advances in tooling to support software engineering, mastering all the features of modern IDEs, version control systems, and project trackers is becoming increasingly difficult. Answering even the most common developer questions can be surprisingly tedious and difficult. In this paper we present a user study with 35 subjects to evaluate our quasi-natural language interface that provides access to various facets of the evolution of a software system but requires almost zero learning effort. Our approach is tightly woven into the Eclipse IDE and allows developers to answer questions related to source code, development history, or bug and issue management. The results of our evaluation show that our query interface can outperform classical software engineering tools in terms of correctness, while yielding significant time savings to its users and greatly advancing the state of the art in terms of usability and learnability.

Abstract

With the steady advances in tooling to support software engineering, mastering all the features of modern IDEs, version control systems, and project trackers is becoming increasingly difficult. Answering even the most common developer questions can be surprisingly tedious and difficult. In this paper we present a user study with 35 subjects to evaluate our quasi-natural language interface that provides access to various facets of the evolution of a software system but requires almost zero learning effort. Our approach is tightly woven into the Eclipse IDE and allows developers to answer questions related to source code, development history, or bug and issue management. The results of our evaluation show that our query interface can outperform classical software engineering tools in terms of correctness, while yielding significant time savings to its users and greatly advancing the state of the art in terms of usability and learnability.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:18 Oct 2013 06:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:03
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
ISSN:1049-331X
Additional Information:© Würsch, Giger, Gall | ACM 2013. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology , http://dx.doi.org/110.1145/2522920.2522931.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2522920.2522931
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:7652

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