|Authors||A. Yamashita and L. Moonen|
|Title||Surveying Developer Knowledge and Interest in Code Smells Through Online Freelance Marketplaces|
|Afilliation||Software Engineering, Software Engineering, Software Engineering|
|Project(s)||The Certus Centre (SFI)|
|Publication Type||Proceedings, refereed|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Conference Name||User Evaluations for Software Engineering Researchers (USER)|
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.