Learning from Project History to Support Programmers – GI Jahrestagung 2005

by Thomas Zimmermann

Nowadays, any larger software project collects lots of data. Changes to source code are stored in version control archives, and problems in bug databases. In this paper we present two tools that mine both sources to help developers writing better programs. The eROSE tool guides programmers along related changes in a similar way Amazon.com supports its customers: "You changed fKeys[] and eROSE suggests initDefaults()," because in the past both items always have been changed together. The HATARI tool warns programmers against risky locations: "Programmers failed at changing resolveClasspath(). Be careful." To measure risk, HATARI locates changes that lead to problems, as indicated by later fixes.

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Reference

Thomas Zimmermann. Learning from Project History to Support Programmers. In INFORMATIK 2005 - Informatik LIVE! Band 1, Beiträge der 35. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI Jahrestagung 2005), Bonn, Germany, September 2005, pp. 387-390.

BibTeX Entry

@inproceedings{zimmermann-informatik-2005,
    title = "Learning from Project History to Support Programmers",
    author = "Thomas Zimmermann",
    year = "2005",
    month = "September",
    booktitle = "INFORMATIK 2005 - Informatik LIVE! Band 1, Beiträge der 35. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für
Informatik e.V.",
    location = "Bonn, Germany",
    pages = "387--390",
    publisher = "Springer",
    series = "Lecture Notes in Informatics",
    volume = "67",
    ISBN = "3885793962",
}