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Type: Book chapter
Title: Facilitating crowd sourced software engineering via stack overflow
Author: Barzilay, O.
Treude, C.
Zagalsky, A.
Citation: Finding Source Code on the Web for Remix and Reuse, 2013 / Sim, S., Gallardo-Valencia, R. (ed./s), Ch.15, pp.289-308
Publisher: Springer
Publisher Place: New York
Issue Date: 2013
ISBN: 1461465958
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Ohad Barzilay, Christoph Treude, and Alexey Zagalsky
Abstract: The open source community, as well as numerous technical blogs and community web sites, put online vast quantities of free source code, ranging from snippets to full-blown products. This code embodies the software development community’s domain knowledge, and mirrors the structure of the Internet: it is distributed rather than hierarchical; it is chaotic, incomplete, and inconsistent. Stack- is a Question and Answer (Q&A) website which uses social media to facilitate knowledge exchange between programmers by mitigating the pitfalls involved in using code from the Internet. Its design nurtures a community of developers, and enables crowd sourced software engineering activities ranging from documentation to providing useful, high quality code snippets to be used in production. In this chapter we review Stack Overflow from three perspectives: (1) its design and its social media characteristics, (2) the role it plays in the software documentation landscape, and (3) the use of Stack Overflow in the context of the example centric programming paradigm.
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
RMID: 0030041644
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6596-6_15
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