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Preface to the Special Issue on Program Comprehension


High-level software requirements and iteration changes: a predictive model

Knowing whether a software feature will be completed in its planned iteration can help with release planning decisions. However, existing research has focused on predictions of only low-level software tasks, like bug fixes. In this paper, we …


Categorizing the Content of GitHub README Files

README files play an essential role in shaping a developer’s first impression of a software repository and in documenting the software project that the repository hosts. Yet, we lack a systematic understanding of the content of a typical README …


Usage and attribution of Stack Overflow code snippets in GitHub projects

Stack Overflow (SO) is the most popular question-and-answer website for software developers, providing a large amount of copyable code snippets. Using those snippets raises maintenance and legal issues. SO’s license (CC BY-SA 3.0) requires …


Comparing the influence of using feature-oriented programming and conditional compilation on comprehending feature-oriented software

Several variability representations have been proposed over the years. Software maintenance in the presence of variability is known to be hard. One of the reasons is that maintenance tasks require a large amount of cognitive effort for program …

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Empirical Software Engineering provides a forum for applied software engineering research with a strong empirical component, and a venue for publishing empirical results relevant to both researchers and practitioners. Empirical studies presented here usually involve the collection and analysis of data and experience that can be used to characterize, evaluate and reveal relationships between software development deliverables, practices, and technologies. Over time, it is expected that such empirical results will form a body of knowledge leading to widely accepted and well-formed theories.

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