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Further observation of open source programmers information seeking

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dc.contributor.author Sharif, Khaironi Yatim
dc.contributor.author Buckley, Jim
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-16T12:38:56Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-16T12:38:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1807
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Several authors have proposed information seeking as an appropriate perspective for studying software maintenance and evolution, and have characterized information seeking empirically in commercial software evolution settings. However, there is little research in the literature describing the information seeking behaviour of open source programmers, even though open source contexts would seem to exacerbate information seeking problems. That is, team members are typically delocalized from each other and they are often forced into asynchronous communication. This work reports on an empirical study that classifies Open-Source programmers’ information needs, as generated through open-coding of the questions that appear on their developer mailing lists. The study details the information sought by open source programmers on 3 different mailing lists over several years and characterizes the responses they obtained. In doing so, several interesting observations are made about the information these programmers seek, the likelihood that they will receive responses and the number of responses they are likely to get. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The 21st Annual Psychology of Programmers Interest Group Conference (PPIG);05/2009
dc.subject POP-II.B en_US
dc.subject program comprehension en_US
dc.subject problem comprehension en_US
dc.title Further observation of open source programmers information seeking en_US
dc.type Conference item en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI
dc.relation.projectid 03/CE/I303_1
dc.internal.authorcontactother jim.buckley@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother KhaironiYatim.Sharif@ul.ie


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