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2019-08-08 - Colloque/Article dans les actes avec comité de lecture - Anglais - 12 page(s)

Abou Khalil Zeinab , Constantinou Eleni , Mens Tom , Duchien Laurence, Quinton Clément, "A Longitudinal Analysis of Bug Handling Across Eclipse Releases" in IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 2019

  • Codes CREF : Informatique appliquée logiciel (DI2570), Informatique générale (DI1162), Analyse de systèmes informatiques (DI2572)
  • Unités de recherche UMONS : Génie Logiciel (S852)
  • Instituts UMONS : Institut de Recherche en Technologies de l’Information et Sciences de l’Informatique (InforTech), Institut de Recherche sur les Systèmes Complexes (Complexys)
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(Anglais) Large open source software projects, like Eclipse, follow a continuous software development process, with a regular release cycle. During each release, new bugs are reported, triaged and resolved. Previous studies have focused on various aspects of bug fixing, such as bug triaging, bug prediction, and bug process analysis. Most studies, however, do not distinguish between what happens before and after each scheduled release. We are also unaware of studies that compare bug fixing activities across different project releases. This paper presents an empirical analysis of the bug handling process of Eclipse over a 15-year period, considering 138K bug reports from Bugzilla, including 16 annual Eclipse releases and two quarterly releases in 2018. We compare the bug resolution rate, the fixing rate, the bug triaging time and the fixing time before and after each release date, and we study the possible impact of “release pressure”. Among others, our results reveal that Eclipse bug handling activity is improving over time, with an important decrease in the number of reported bugs before releases, an increase in the bug fixing rate and an increasingly balanced bug handling workload before and after releases. The recent transition from an annual to a quarterly release cycle continued to improve the bug handling process.


Mots-clés :
  • (Anglais) bug resolution
  • (Anglais) software evolution
  • (Anglais) open source software
  • (Anglais) software release
  • (Anglais) empirical software engineering