Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

1-2015

Abstract

We examine the learning curves of individual software developers in Open-Source Software (OSS) Development. We collected the dataset of multi-year code change histories from the repositories for 20 open source software projects involving more than 200 developers. We build and estimate regression models to assess individual developers' learning progress (in reducing the likelihood they make a bug). Our estimation results show that developer's coding and indirect bug-fixing experiences do not decrease bug ratios while bug-fixing experience can lead to the decrease of bug ratio of learning progress. We also find that developer's coding and bug-fixing experiences in other projects do not decrease the developer's bug ratio in a focal project. We empirically confirm the moderating effects of bug types on learning progress. Developers exhibit learning effects for some simple bug types (e.g., Wrong literals) or bug types with many instances (e.g., Wrong if conditionals). The results may have managerial implications and provoke future research on project management about allocating resources on tasks that add new code versus tasks that debug and fix existing code.

Keywords

Knowledge transfer, Learning effects, Open-source software, Software developer

Discipline

Computer Sciences

Research Areas

Information Systems and Management

Publication

48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS 2015: 5-8 January, Kauai, HI: Proceedings

First Page

3811

Last Page

3820

ISBN

9781479973675

Identifier

10.1109/HICSS.2015.458

Publisher

IEEE Computer Society

Additional URL

http://conferences.computer.org/hicss/2015/papers/7367d811.pdf

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