Crowds create more useful documentation than official sources.
Instead of relying on official documentation, developers have been indirectly documenting APIs themselves through a process called crowd documentation, by publishing blog posts and curating questions and answers about APIs on Stack Overflow.
In new research, we have collected 1,316 days of Android developer browser history and found 9,234 visits to stackoverflow, as well as 2,547 to developer.android.com, which hosts the official documentation for Android.
More over, we found that:
A typical day for a developer:
Understanding and harnessing the crowd.
API designers may want insight into the “hot spots” that are problematic for developers or may have “gaps” in coverage. For example, we observed that not many developers talked about accessibility or DRM in Android.
We have a treemap visualization tool that helps visualize the coverage and usage data of API elements in a treemap.
Finally, we can even find ways to automatically generate documentation from the crowd's efforts.
Crowd's coverage of Android classes on Stack Overflow. Click here for interactive version.
Aggregrate customer feedback from social media channels.
Tracking user reviews, complaints, suggestions, bug reports that highlight flaws and performance of the application can be leveraged to detect and fix those issues as early as possible.
The project leverages several machine learning approaches to assist in aggregrating and alerting developers of feedback.https://github.com/alt-code/CrowdVoice
Crowd Apis assembled from Stack Overflow snippets and github repositories.
The goal of the web dna project is to understand the connections and mechanisms of this ecosystem. The steps we are taking are as follows:
Learning from the mistakes of millions.
NEW! In proposal stage. Idea: Leverage instrumentation in online programming environments to characterize the mistakes and learning processes of students when programming. Applications for intelligent tutoring, interactive recommendation systems, explanatory visualizations.
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