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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Fri 10 Jul 2020 07:12 - 07:20 at Silla - I21-Version Control and Programming Chair(s): Sunghun Kim

Version Control Systems (VCS) are an important source of information for developers. This calls for a principled understanding of developers’ information seeking in VCS—both for improving existing tools and for understanding requirements for new tools. Our prior work investigated empirically how and why developers seek information in VCS: in this paper, we complement and enrich our prior findings by reanalyzing the data via a theory’s lens. Using the lens of Information Foraging Theory (IFT), we present new insights not revealed by the prior empirical work.

First, while looking for specific information, participants’ foraging behaviors were consistent with other foraging situations in SE; therefore, prior research on IFT-based SE tool design can be leveraged for VCS. Second, in change awareness foraging, participants consumed similar diets, but in subtly different ways than in other situations; this calls for further investigations into change awareness foraging. Third, while committing changes, participants attempted to enable future foragers, but the competing needs of different foraging situations led to tensions that participants failed to balance: this opens up a new avenue for research at the intersection of IFT and SE, namely, creating forageable information. Finally, the results of using an IFT lens on these data provides some evidence as to IFT’s scoping and utility for the version control domain.

Fri 10 Jul
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07:00 - 08:00: I21-Version Control and ProgrammingPaper Presentations / Technical Papers / Journal First / Software Engineering in Practice at Silla
Chair(s): Sunghun KimHong Kong University of Science and Technology
07:00 - 07:12
Towards Understanding and Fixing Upstream Merge Induced Conflicts in Divergent Forks: An industrial Case StudySEIP
Software Engineering in Practice
Chungha SungUniversity of Southern California, Shuvendu LahiriMicrosoft Research, Mike KaufmanMicrosoft Corporation, Pallavi ChoudhuryMicrosoft Corporation, Chao WangUSC
07:12 - 07:20
Version Control Systems: An Information Foraging PerspectiveJ1
Journal First
Sruti Srinivasa RagavanMicrosoft Research; School of EECS, Oregon State University, Mihai CodobanMicrosoft, David PiorkowskiIBM Research AI, Danny DigUniversity of Colorado, Boulder, Margaret BurnettOregon State University
07:20 - 07:28
How different are different diff algorithms in Git?J1
Journal First
Yusuf Sulistyo NugrohoNara Institute of Science and Technology, Hideaki HataNara Institute of Science and Technology, Kenichi MatsumotoNara Institute of Science and Technology
DOI Media Attached
07:28 - 07:36
Characterizing the Usage, Evolution and Impact of Java Annotations in PracticeJ1
Journal First
Zhongxing YuKTH Royal Institute of Technology, Chenggang BaiBeihang University, Lionel Seinturier, Martin MonperrusKTH Royal Institute of Technology
07:36 - 07:44
Why Reinventing the Wheels? An Empirical Study on Library Reuse and Re-implementationJ1
Journal First
Bowen XuSingapore Management University, Le AnPolytechnique Montreal, Ferdian ThungSingapore Management University, Foutse KhomhPolytechnique Montréal, David LoSingapore Management University
07:44 - 07:56
HeteroRefactor: Refactoring for Heterogeneous Computing with FPGATechnicalArtifact Available
Technical Papers
Aishwarya SivaramanUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Jason LauUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Qian ZhangUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Muhammad Ali GulzarUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Jason CongUCLA, Miryung KimUniversity of California, Los Angeles