Recommendation Systems for Software Engineering

by Martin P. Robillard, Robert J. Walker, Thomas Zimmermann

Software development can be challenging because of the large information spaces that developers must navigate. Without assistance, developers can become bogged down, and spend a disproportionate amount of their time seeking information at the expense of other value-producing tasks. Recommendation Systems for Software Engineering are software tools that can assist developers with a wide range of activities, from reusing code to writing effective bug reports. We provide an overview of recommendation systems for software engineering: what they are, what they can do for developers, and what they might do in the future.


Martin P. Robillard, Robert J. Walker, Thomas Zimmermann. Recommendation Systems for Software Engineering. In IEEE Software (27): 80-86 (2010), July 2010, pp. 80-86. [DOI]

BibTeX Entry

    title = "Recommendation Systems for Software Engineering",
    author = "Martin P. Robillard and Robert J. Walker and Thomas Zimmermann",
    year = "2010",
    month = "July",
    journal = "IEEE Software",
    number = "4",
    pages = "80--86",
    volume = "27",