AuthorsA. Yamashita and L. Moonen
TitleSurveying Developer Knowledge and Interest in Code Smells Through Online Freelance Marketplaces
AfilliationSoftware Engineering, Software Engineering, Software Engineering
Project(s)The Certus Centre (SFI)
StatusPublished
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2013
Conference NameUser Evaluations for Software Engineering Researchers (USER)
PublisherIEEE
Place Published.
KeywordsWorkshop
Abstract

This paper discusses the use of freelance marketplaces to conduct a survey amongst professional developer's about specific software engineering phenomena, in our case their knowledge and interest in code smells and their detection/removal. We first discuss the context and motivation of our research, and the idea of using freelance marketplaces for conducting studies involving software professionals. Then, we describe the design of the survey study and the specifics on the selected freelance marketplace (i.e., Freelancer.com). Finally, we discuss why the use of freelance markets constitutes a feasible and advantageous approach for conducting user evaluations that involve large numbers of software professionals, and what challenges such an approach may entail.

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