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Type: Conference paper
Title: Blogging developer knowledge: motivations, challenges, and future directions
Author: Parnin, C.
Treude, C.
Storey, M.
Citation: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Program Comprehension, 2013 / pp.211-214
Publisher: IEEE
Issue Date: 2013
Series/Report no.: Conference Proceedings Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture
ISBN: 9781467330923
ISSN: 1063-6897
Conference Name: IEEE 21st International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC) (20 May 2013 - 21 May 2013 : San Francisco, CA)
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Chris Parnin, Christoph Treude, Margaret-Anne Storey
Abstract: Why do software developers place so much effort into writing public blog posts about their knowledge, experiences, and opinions on software development? What are the benefits, problems, and tools needed—what can the research community do to help? In this paper, we describe a research agenda aimed at understanding the motivations and issues of software development blogging. We interviewed developers as well as mined and analyzed their blog posts. For this initial study, we selected developers from various backgrounds: IDE plugin development, mobile development, and web development. We found that developers used blogging for a variety of functions such as documentation, technology discussion, and announcing progress. They were motivated by a variety of reasons such as personal branding, knowledge retention, and feedback. Among the challenges for blog authors identified in our initial study, we found primitive tool support, difficulty recreating and recalling recent development experiences, and management of blog comments. Finally, many developers expressed that the motivations and benefits they received for blogging in public did not directly translate to corporate settings.
Rights: © 2013 IEEE
RMID: 0030041646
DOI: 10.1109/ICPC.2013.6613850
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