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A Study of Visual Studio Usage in Practice - SANER '16

  1. 1. A Study of Visual Studio Usage in Practice Sven Amann, Sebastian Proksch, Sarah Nadi, and Mira Mezini Technische Universität Darmstadt Germany
  2. 2. RQ1 How does the average developer spend his in-IDE time? 2 RQ2 How does IDE usage differ between IDEs?
  3. 3. 3 Murphy et al. Beller et al. Minelli et al. Amann et al.
  4. 4. Tracking IDE Usage
  5. 5. FEEDBAG clicks shortcuts typing windows & documents screen lock mouse moves 5570 downloads
  6. 6. pilot phase (2 months) main study phase (4 months) 5,021h 1,255h 588 2,009h 3.505.858 6
  7. 7. Interactions Activities from to
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  9. 9. 9 Navigation Code Edit & Execution IDE Configuration Project Management Building Other FEEDBAG
  10. 10. 10 ?
  11. 11. 11 Outside IDE Away In-IDE Inactivity Away 5 min Short Inactivity Long Inactivity
  12. 12. The Average Developer
  13. 13. Outside IDE (39.8%) Long Inactivity (20.2%) 13 Active IDE Interaction (25%) Short Inactivity (15%) Developers have many very short inactivities and a few long, break-like inactivities. Developers spend much time outside the IDE, potentially using external tools.
  14. 14. Active IDE Interaction (25%) Short Inactivity (15%) Active IDE Interaction (62.4%) Short Inactivity (37.6%) 14 Kersten et al. ~2h Minelli et al. 66%
  15. 15. Active IDE Interaction (25%) Short Inactivity (15%) Short Inactivity (37.6%) 15 22.4% The amount of navigation is a likely indicator for the need for code understanding
  16. 16. 16 We observe interesting, unexpected developer behavior. Some usage aspects differ significantly across IDEs. Consider and look into the causes of our findings when building next-generation IDEs!
  17. 17. 17 Thanks for you attention. FEEDBAG Questions?

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