A longitudinal analysis of bug handling across eclipse releases

Zeinab Abou Khalil, Eleni Constantinou, Tom Mens, Laurence Duchien, Clément Quinton

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    Large open source software projects, like Eclipse, follow a continuous software development pro- cess, with a regular release cycle. During each re- lease, 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.
    Originele taal-2Engels
    TitelA Longitudinal Analysis of Bug Handling Across Eclipse Releases
    UitgeverijInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Aantal pagina's12
    ISBN van elektronische versie9781728130941
    StatusGepubliceerd - sep 2019
    Evenement35th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution - Cleveland, Ohio, Verenigde Staten van Amerika
    Duur: 30 sep 20194 okt 2019


    Congres35th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution
    Verkorte titelICSME 2019
    LandVerenigde Staten van Amerika
    StadCleveland, Ohio

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