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Deconstructing Sentimental Stack Overflow Posts Through Interviews

Exploring the case of Software Testing

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Mark Swillus & Andy Zaidman

m.swillus@tudelft.nl, a.e.zaidman@tudelft.nl
15th May, 2023 in Naarm/Melbourne

Testing does not seem to be popular

Testing effort is overestimated

Only 50% of observed practitioners are testing

[1] Beller, Gousios, Panichella, Porksch, Amann, Zaidman (2019)

Hapiness effects practice:

😔 Distancing from tasks

🙂 Stronger commitment to practices

[2] Graziotin, Fagerholm, Wang, Abrahamsson (2018)

Sentiment Overflow in the Testing Stack

Analysing Software Testing Posts on Stack Overflow

200 posts, Sentiment analysis, STGT

[3] M. Swillus and A. Zaidman (2023)
[3] M. Swillus and A. Zaidman (2023)
[3] M. Swillus and A. Zaidman (2023)

Hypotheses (H3): Adoption or learning of testing in complex projects provokes negative attitude

[3] M. Swillus and A. Zaidman (2023)

Software development is a social activity

Motivation and needs are highly dependent on context

[4] Beecham, Baddoo, Hall, Robinson, Sharp (2008)

Going beyond posts

Which events lead to sentimental posts?

Which factors affect developers?

How does their perception change over time?

  • STGT
  • socio-technical
  • 15+ posts
  • 20+ interviews
  • repl. package
  • theory development
[1] M. Beller, G. Gousios, A. Panichella, S. Proksch, S. Amann, and A. Zaidman, “Developer Testing in the IDE: Patterns, Beliefs, and Behavior,” IIEEE Trans. Software Eng., vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 261–284, Mar. 2019, doi: 10.1109/TSE.2017.2776152.
[2] D. Graziotin, F. Fagerholm, X. Wang, and P. Abrahamsson, “What happens when software developers are (un)happy,” Journal of Systems and Software, vol. 140, pp. 32–47, Jun. 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2018.02.041.
[3] M. Swillus and A. Zaidman, “Sentiment Overflow in the Testing Stack: Analysing Software Testing Posts on Stack Overflow.” arXiv, Feb. 02, 2023. Accessed: Feb. 07, 2023. [Online]. Available: http://arxiv.org/abs/2302.01037
[4] S. Beecham, N. Baddoo, T. Hall, H. Robinson, and H. Sharp, “Motivation in Software Engineering: A systematic literature review,” Information and Software Technology, vol. 50, no. 9–10, pp. 860–878, Aug. 2008, doi: 10.1016/j.infsof.2007.09.004.