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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Wed 8 Jul 2020 16:21 - 16:29 at Baekje - A10-Human Aspects 2 Chair(s): Giuseppe Scanniello

Continuous Integration (CI) has been claimed to introduce several benefits in software development, including high software quality and reliability. However, recent work pointed out challenges, barriers and bad practices characterizing its adoption. This paper empirically investigates what are the bad practices experienced by developers applying CI. The investigation has been conducted by leveraging semi-structured interviews of 13 experts and mining more than 2,300 Stack Overflow posts. As a result, we compiled a catalog of 79 CI bad smells belonging to 7 categories related to different dimensions of a CI pipeline management and process. We have also investigated the perceived importance of the identified bad smells through a survey involving 26 professional developers and discussed how the results of our study relate to existing knowledge about CI bad practices. Whilst some results, such as the poor usage of branches, confirm existing literature, the study also highlights uncovered bad practices, e.g., related to static analysis tools or the abuse of shell scripts, and contradict knowledge from existing literature, e.g., about avoiding nightly builds. We discuss the implications of our catalog of CI bad smells for (i) practitioners, e.g., favor specific, portable tools over hacking, and do not ignore nor hide build failures, (ii) educators, e.g., teach CI culture, not just technology, and teach CI by providing examples of what not to do, and (iii) researchers, e.g., developing support for failure analysis, as well as automated CI bad smell detectors.

Wed 8 Jul
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16:05 - 17:05: Paper Presentations - A10-Human Aspects 2 at Baekje
Chair(s): Giuseppe ScannielloUniversity of Basilicata
icse-2020-Journal-First16:05 - 16:13
Meng YanChongqing University, Xin XiaMonash University, David LoSingapore Management University, Ahmed E. HassanQueen's University, Shanping LiZhejiang University
icse-2020-Journal-First16:13 - 16:21
Haoxiang ZhangSoftware Analysis and Intelligence Lab (SAIL), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Shaowei WangMississippi State University, Tse-Hsun (Peter) ChenConcordia University, Ying ZouQueen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Ahmed E. HassanQueen's University
icse-2020-Journal-First16:21 - 16:29
Fiorella ZampettiUniversity of Sannio, Carmine VassalloUniversity of Zurich, Sebastiano PanichellaZurich University of Applied Sciences, Gerardo CanforaUniversity of Sannio, Harald GallUniversity of Zurich, Massimiliano Di PentaUniversity of Sannio
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icse-2020-Journal-First16:29 - 16:37
Luis CruzDeflt University of Technology, Rui AbreuInstituto Superior Técnico, U. Lisboa & INESC-ID, David LoSingapore Management University
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icse-2020-papers16:37 - 16:49
Davide SpadiniDelft University of Technology, Netherlands, Gul CalikliChalmers | University of Gothenburg, Alberto BacchelliUniversity of Zurich
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