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Enriching In-IDE Process Information with Fine-Grained Source Code History

Proksch, Sebastian and Nadi, Sarah and Amann, Sven and Mezini, Mira :
Enriching In-IDE Process Information with Fine-Grained Source Code History.
In: International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering, 21-24 Feb 2017, Klagenfurt, Austria.
[Conference or Workshop Item] , (2017)

Abstract

Current studies on software development either focus on the change history of source code from version-control systems or on an analysis of simplistic in-IDE events without context information. Each of these approaches contains valuable information that is unavailable in the other case. Our work proposes enriched event streams, a solution that combines the best of both worlds and provides a holistic view on the software development process. Enriched event streams not only capture developer activities in the IDE, but also specialized context information, such as source-code snapshots for change events. To enable the storage of such code snapshots in an analyzable format, we introduce a new intermediate representation called Simplified Syntax Trees (SSTs) and build CARET, a platform that offers reusable components to conveniently work with enriched event streams. We implement FeedBaG++, an instrumentation for Visual Studio that collects enriched event streams with code snapshots in the form of SSTs. We share a dataset of enriched event streams captured from 58 users and representing 915 days of work. Additionally, to demonstrate usefulness, we present three research applications that have already made use of CARET and FeedBaG++.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2017
Creators: Proksch, Sebastian and Nadi, Sarah and Amann, Sven and Mezini, Mira
Title: Enriching In-IDE Process Information with Fine-Grained Source Code History
Language: English
Abstract:

Current studies on software development either focus on the change history of source code from version-control systems or on an analysis of simplistic in-IDE events without context information. Each of these approaches contains valuable information that is unavailable in the other case. Our work proposes enriched event streams, a solution that combines the best of both worlds and provides a holistic view on the software development process. Enriched event streams not only capture developer activities in the IDE, but also specialized context information, such as source-code snapshots for change events. To enable the storage of such code snapshots in an analyzable format, we introduce a new intermediate representation called Simplified Syntax Trees (SSTs) and build CARET, a platform that offers reusable components to conveniently work with enriched event streams. We implement FeedBaG++, an instrumentation for Visual Studio that collects enriched event streams with code snapshots in the form of SSTs. We share a dataset of enriched event streams captured from 58 users and representing 915 days of work. Additionally, to demonstrate usefulness, we present three research applications that have already made use of CARET and FeedBaG++.

Divisions: Department of Computer Science > Software Technology
Department of Computer Science
Event Title: International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution, and Reengineering
Event Location: Klagenfurt, Austria
Event Dates: 21-24 Feb 2017
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 07:45
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Funders: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with grant no. 01IS12054
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