Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

3-2013

Abstract

Social coding enables a different experience of software development as the activities and interests of one developer are easily advertized to other developers. Developers can thus track the activities relevant to various projects in one umbrella site. Such a major change in collaborative software development makes an investigation of networkings on social coding sites valuable. Furthermore, project hosting platforms promoting this development paradigm have been thriving, among which GitHub has arguably gained the most momentum. In this paper, we contribute to the body of knowledge on social coding by investigating the network structure of social coding in GitHub. We collect 100,000 projects and 30,000 developers from GitHub, construct developer-developer and project-project relationship graphs, and compute various characteristics of the graphs. We then identify influential developers and projects on this subnetwork of GitHub by using PageRank. Understanding how developers and projects are actually related to each other on a social coding site is the first step towards building tool supports to aid social programmers in performing their tasks more efficiently.

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

CSMR 2013: Proceedings of the 2013 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering: 5-8 March 2013, Genova, Italy

First Page

323

Last Page

326

ISBN

9781467358330

Identifier

10.1109/CSMR.2013.41

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Piscataway, NJ

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1109/CSMR.2013.41

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