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22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2014), November 16–21, 2014, Hong Kong, China

FSE 2014 – Proceedings

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Perspectives from Industry

Experiences Developing Tools for Developers (Invited Talk)
John Penix
(Google, USA)
Software Engineers are horrible customers for software tools. If they don't like your tools, they will just write their own. If your tool wastes a few minutes of a developer's day, good luck getting them to ever try your tool again. And if, after years of effort, you manage to develop tools they actually like, you are really in trouble. This is when they start building systems on top of your tools. No API? No problem! They will hack and scrape as needed to get their job done. In this talk I'll go through a number of examples of successes, non-successes and over-successes from the past 8 years of evolving the developer infrastructure at Google. I'll highlight the challenges we faced, our attempts to address the challenges and share our lessons learned.
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Are You Getting Traction? Tales from the Tech Transfer Trenches (Invited Talk)
Satish Chandra
(Samsung Electronics, USA)
So you have developed a new software productivity tool, written an FSE or an ICSE paper about it, and are justifiably proud of your work. If you work for a company, your (curmudgeonly) manager now wants to see its “impact” on the business. This is the part where you have to convince someone else to use your shiny new tool in their day-to-day work, or ship it as a product. But you soon realize that getting traction with developers or product managers is significantly harder than the research itself. Sounds familiar? In the past several years, I have been involved in taking a variety of software productivity tools to various constituencies within a company: internal users, product teams, and service delivery teams. In this talk, I will share my experiences in interacting with these constituencies; sometimes successful experiences, but at other times not so successful ones. I will focus broadly on tools in two areas: bug finding and test automation. I will make some observations on when tech transfer works and when it stumbles.
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Data Hard with a Vengeance (Invited Talk)
Thomas Zimmermann
(Microsoft Research, USA)
Action flicks and the analysis of software data in industry have more in common than you think. Both action heroes and development teams are on tight deadlines to save the day. Getting wrong information can lead to disastrous outcomes. In this talk, I will share experiences from my six years of research in the Empirical Software Engineering Group working with engineers towards sound data-driven decision about software.
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