Jamie Starke bio photo

Jamie Starke

I develop for my career, but I also develop for fun, and whenever I think it can solve a problem I'm having. This has lead me to create side projects, such as Rental Map and BusTimes, among others.

Consulting Newsletter Email LinkedIn Github Stackoverflow More

Jamie Starke, Chris Luce and Jonathan Sillito. In ICSM’09: Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Maintenance, 2009.

PDF of the Paper | PDF of the Slides | DOI Link

©2009 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.

Source code search is an important activity for programmers working on a change task to a software system. As part of a larger project to improve tool support for finding information in source code, we conducted a formative study in which programmers were asked to perform corrective tasks to a system they were initially unfamiliar with. Our analysis focused specifically on how programmers decide what to search for, and how they decide which results are relevant to their task. Based on our analysis, we present five observations about our participant’s approach to finding information and some of the challenges they faced. We also discuss the implications these observations have for the design of source code search tools.

http://www.wordle.net/ overview of the paper:
Wordle word cloud of the paper