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Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

gameweld Re:Microsoft docs (418 comments)

Information about the study is here (as in listed in summary):
Documentation usage of Android Developers

Lethbridge's study about rarely consulting and updating general software documentation is available here:
How Software Engineers
Use Documentation: The State of the Practice

Robillard's study about problems with API documentation can be found here:
What Makes APIs Hard to Learn? Answers from Developers

about 2 years ago

Analyzing StackOverflow Users' Programming Language Leanings

gameweld Difficulty or Popularity or Medium Popularity? (185 comments)

-Do we ask questions because of difficulty or because the underlying technology is more popular?
-Are javascript developers more likely to use sites like stackoverflow vs traditional means (books, mailing list, forums, etc).
-Do we underestimate javascript usage? Does javascript span more projects, i.e. I have a C# based web-project, but still use javascript for the UI.

These are the underlying questions that would have to be answered before we could derive anything from this sort of analysis. That said, in our recent study of stackoverflow questions (publication pending), we found that there was a strong correlation between the frequency of using a particular API class (as defined by google code search), and the numbers of questions asking about those classes. This could suggest questions have a large popularity component, or it could mean people are more likely to run into difficulty with popular components!

more than 3 years ago

RIM Responds To an Employee's Open Letter

gameweld Re:Wrong apps (197 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

gameweld Re:Hmm (623 comments)

Already taken by the javascript "extJS" framework.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Offers Easy Commenting Alternative

gameweld This is already happenning (132 comments)

CNN uses this for comments on many of their stories.
The quality of discussion tends to be better, people self-regulate more crazy responses, and the comments are longer (rather than one sentence rants).

Blog sites use comment hosting systems such as disqus.
In my experience, a blog post will receive much more comments when hosted in this manner, rather than just the site's internal comment system.

more than 3 years ago

Oxford Scientists Say Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

gameweld Different types of intelligence (716 comments)

Dogs have communication hands down. I've seen many dogs understand numerous commands and engage with humans well (we don't have bomb-sniffing cats).

On the other hands, I think dogs lack more "frontal" intelligence. The type of top-down intelligence that involves planning, top-down control. Perfect illustration: one of my stupid dogs trying to get to a squeaky toy with a fairly see-through blanket would try running through a blanket barrier to get to a squeaky toy. This was non-stop aggressive behavior lasting for many minutes with no top-down consideration. This would even continue if there was an opening in the blanket.

about 4 years ago

Vegetative Patients Can Still Learn

gameweld Re:fMRI Strikes Again (159 comments)

Wrong. A earlier study in 2006 used fMRI. This study used a simple classical conditioning test where they played a tune before blowing in the patients eyelid.

more than 4 years ago

Sun Wants to Make Linux 3D

gameweld Web Book and Web Forager (545 comments)

Web Book and Web Forager were tools created by Xerox Parc which allowed you to organize webpages into books, which could be placed onto a bookshelf or table.

You could interact with the pages, and move them around the desktop. You could flip through the pages like a real book. This paper was done in 96.

more than 10 years ago



Developers may be getting 50% of their documentation from Stack Overflow

gameweld gameweld writes  |  about 2 years ago

gameweld writes "Software companies, such as Microsoft, create documentation for millions of topics concerning its APIs, services, and software platforms. Creating this documentation comes at a considerable cost and effort. And after all this effort much documentation is rarely consulted and lacking enough examples. A new study suggests that developers are increasingly consulting Stack Overflow and crowd-sourced sites over official documentation, using it as much as 50% of time. How should official documentation be better redesigned? What are the implications of software created from unruly mashups?"
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Programmer Interrupted

gameweld gameweld writes  |  about 2 years ago

gameweld (215362) writes "Some key findings from a study of 10,000 programming sessions recorded from 86 programmers using Eclipse and Visual Studio:
A programmer takes between 10-15 minutes to start editing code after resuming work from an interruption.
When interrupted during an edit of a method, only 10% of times did a programmer resume work in less than a minute.
A programmer is likely to get just one uninterrupted 2-hour session in a day."

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