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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Fri 10 Jul 2020 15:24 - 15:36 at Baekje - A22-Cognition Chair(s): Walid Maalej

Just because software developers say they believe in “X”, that does not necessarily mean that “X” is true. As shown here, there exist numerous beliefs listed in the recent Software Engineering literature which are only supported by small portions of the available data. Hence we ask what is the source of this disconnect between beliefs and evidence?. To answer this question we look for evidence for ten beliefs within 300,000+ changes seen in dozens of open-source projects. Some of those beliefs had strong support across all the projects; specifically, “A commit that involves more added and removed lines is more bug-prone” and “Files with fewer lines contributed by their owners (who contribute most changes) are bug-prone”. Most of the widely-held beliefs studied are only sporadically supported in the data; i.e. large effects can appear in project data and then disappear in subsequent releases. Such sporadic support explains why developers believe things that were relevant to their prior work, but not necessarily their current work. Our conclusion will be that we need to change the nature of the debate with Software Engineering. Specifically, while it is important to report the effects that hold right now, it is also important to report on what effects change over time.

Fri 10 Jul
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15:00 - 15:12
Talk
Recognizing Developers' Emotions while ProgrammingTechnicalArtifact Available
Technical Papers
Daniela GirardiUniversity of Bari, Nicole NovielliUniversity of Bari, Davide FucciBlekinge Institute of Technology, Filippo LanubileUniversity of Bari
DOI Pre-print
15:12 - 15:24
Talk
Neurological Divide: An fMRI Study of Prose and Code WritingArtifact ReusableTechnicalArtifact Available
Technical Papers
Ryan KruegerUniversity of Michigan, Yu HuangUniversity of Michigan, Xinyu LiuUniversity of Michigan, Tyler SantanderUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, Westley WeimerUniversity of Michigan, USA, Kevin LeachUniversity of Michigan
Pre-print
15:24 - 15:36
Talk
Assessing Practitioner BeliefsSEIP
Software Engineering in Practice
Shrikanth N CNorth Carolina State University, Tim MenziesNorth Carolina State University
Pre-print Media Attached
15:36 - 15:48
Talk
Here We Go Again: Why Is It Difficult for Developers to Learn Another Programming Language?ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper AwardsTechnical
Technical Papers
Nischal ShresthaNorth Carolina State University, Colton BottaNorth Carolina State University, Titus BarikMicrosoft, Chris ParninNorth Carolina State University
Pre-print
15:48 - 15:54
Talk
Understanding FLOSS through community publications: Strategies for Grey Literature ReviewNIER
New Ideas and Emerging Results
Melissa WenUniversity of São Paulo, Leonardo Alexandre Ferreira LeiteUniversity of São Paulo, Fabio KonUniversity of São Paulo, Paulo MeirellesFederal University of São Paulo