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A Study of Visual Studio Usage in Practice

Amann, Sven and Proksch, Sebastian and Nadi, Sarah and Mezini, Mira :
A Study of Visual Studio Usage in Practice.
[Online-Edition: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SANER.2016.39]
In: 23rd IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering, 14-18 March 2016, Osaka, Japan. In: SANER '16 .
[Conference or Workshop Item] , (2016)

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SANER.2016.39

Abstract

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) provide a convenient standalone solution that supports developers during various phases of software development. In order to provide better support for developers within such IDEs, we need to understand how much time developers spend using various parts of a given IDE and how often they use available assistance tools. To infer useful conclusions, such information should be gathered for different types of IDEs for different languages. In this paper, we instrument the previously unexplored Visual Studio IDE and track the interactions of developers at an industry partner's software-development department. As a result, we capture interactions for more than 6300 hours of work time, from between 27 and 84 professional C# developers. Our work reports how much time professional developers spend on activities such as code editing and execution or navigation, as well as how often they use assistance tools provided by the IDE. We compare our findings to those of prior studies involving other IDEs and discuss the implications of the commonalities and differences for research on (integrated) developer-assistance tools.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Amann, Sven and Proksch, Sebastian and Nadi, Sarah and Mezini, Mira
Title: A Study of Visual Studio Usage in Practice
Language: English
Abstract:

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) provide a convenient standalone solution that supports developers during various phases of software development. In order to provide better support for developers within such IDEs, we need to understand how much time developers spend using various parts of a given IDE and how often they use available assistance tools. To infer useful conclusions, such information should be gathered for different types of IDEs for different languages. In this paper, we instrument the previously unexplored Visual Studio IDE and track the interactions of developers at an industry partner's software-development department. As a result, we capture interactions for more than 6300 hours of work time, from between 27 and 84 professional C# developers. Our work reports how much time professional developers spend on activities such as code editing and execution or navigation, as well as how often they use assistance tools provided by the IDE. We compare our findings to those of prior studies involving other IDEs and discuss the implications of the commonalities and differences for research on (integrated) developer-assistance tools.

Series Name: SANER '16
Divisions: Department of Computer Science > Software Technology
Department of Computer Science
Event Title: 23rd IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering
Event Location: Osaka, Japan
Event Dates: 14-18 March 2016
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 10:49
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SANER.2016.39
Identification Number: doi:10.1109/SANER.2016.39
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