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Type: Conference paper
Title: Summarizing and measuring development activity
Author: Treude, C.
Filho, F.
Kulesza, U.
Citation: Proceedings of the 2015 10th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering, 2015 / Nitto, E., Harman, M., Heymans, P. (ed./s), pp.625-636
Publisher: ACM
Issue Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781450336758
Conference Name: 10th Joint Meeting on Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE) (30 Aug 2015 - 04 Sep 2015 : Bergamo, Italy)
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Christoph Treude, Fernando Figueira Filho, Uirá Kulesza
Abstract: Software developers pursue a wide range of activities as part of their work, and making sense of what they did in a given time frame is far from trivial as evidenced by the large number of awareness and coordination tools that have been developed in recent years. To inform tool design for making sense of the information available about a developer's activity, we conducted an empirical study with 156 GitHub users to investigate what information they would expect in a summary of development activity, how they would measure development activity, and what factors in uence how such activity can be condensed into textual summaries or numbers. We found that unexpected events are as important as expected events in summaries of what a developer did, and that many developers do not believe in measuring development activity. Among the factors that in uence summarization and measurement of development activity, we identified development experience and programming languages.
Keywords: Summarization; empirical study; development activity
Rights: Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.
RMID: 0030045571
DOI: 10.1145/2786805.2786827
Published version: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2786805
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