Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

12-2012

Abstract

New features are frequently proposed in many software libraries. These features include new methods, classes, packages, etc. These features are utilized in many open source and commercial software systems. Some of these features are adopted very quickly, while others take a long time to be adopted. Each feature takes much resource to develop, test, and document. Library developers and managers need to decide what feature to prioritize and what to develop next. As a first step to aid these stakeholders, we perform an exploratory study on the diffusion or rate of adoption of features in Java Development Kit (JDK) library. Our empirical study proposes such questions as how many new features are adopted by client applications; how long it takes for a new feature to spread to various software products; what features are diffused quickly; and what features are diffused widely. We perform an exploratory study with new features in Java Development Kit (JDK, from version 1.3 to 1.6) and provide empirical findings to answer the above research questions.

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

APSEC 2012: Proceedings of the 19th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, 4-7 December 2012, Hong Kong

First Page

386

Last Page

373

ISBN

9781467349307

Identifier

10.1109/APSEC.2012.139

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/APSEC.2012.139

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