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Tue 10 Nov 2020 17:09 - 17:10 at Virtual room 2 - Empirical

Context: The ‘as code’ suffix in infrastructure as code (IaC) refers to applying software engineering activities, such as version control, to maintain IaC scripts. Without the application of these activities, defects that can have serious consequences may be introduced in IaC scripts. A systematic investigation of the development anti-patterns for IaC scripts can guide practitioners in identifying activities to avoid defects in IaC scripts. Development anti-patterns are recurring development activities that relate with defective IaC scripts. Goal: The goal of this paper is to help practitioners improve the quality of infrastructure as code (IaC) scripts by identifying development activities that relate with defective IaC scripts. Methodology: We identify development anti-patterns by adopting a mixed-methods approach, where we apply quantitative analysis with 2,138 open source IaC scripts and conduct a survey with 51 practitioners. Findings: We observe five development activities to be related with defective IaC scripts from our quantitative analysis. We identify five development anti-patterns namely, ‘boss is not around’, ‘many cooks spoil’, ‘minors are spoiler’, ‘silos’, and ‘unfocused contribution’. Conclusion: Our identified development anti-patterns suggest the importance of ‘as code’ activities in IaC because these activities are related to quality of IaC scripts.

Tue 10 Nov

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17:00 - 17:30
17:00
2m
Talk
An Empirical Analysis of the Costs of Clone- and Platform-Oriented Software Reuse
Research Papers
Jacob Krüger University of Magdeburg, Germany, Thorsten Berger Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Sweden
DOI
17:03
1m
Talk
Community Expectations for Research Artifacts and Evaluation ProcessesACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award
Research Papers
Ben Hermann Technical University Dortmund, Stefan Winter TU Darmstadt, Janet Siegmund TU Chemnitz, Germany
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17:05
1m
Talk
On the Relationship between Design Discussions and Design Quality: A Case Study of Apache Projects
Research Papers
Umme Ayda Mannan Oregon State University, USA, Iftekhar Ahmed University of California at Irvine, USA, Carlos Jensen Oregon State University, USA, Anita Sarma Oregon State University, USA
DOI
17:07
1m
Talk
On the Relationship between Refactoring Actions and Bugs: A Differentiated Replication
Research Papers
Massimiliano Di Penta University of Sannio, Italy, Gabriele Bavota USI Lugano, Switzerland, Fiorella Zampetti University of Sannio, Italy
DOI
17:09
1m
Talk
The 'as Code' Activities: Development Anti-patterns for Infrastructure as Code
Journal First
Akond Rahman Tennessee Tech University, Effat Farhana NC State University, Laurie Williams North Carolina State University
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17:11
1m
Talk
Thinking Aloud about Confusing Code: A Qualitative Investigation of Program Comprehension and Atoms of Confusion
Research Papers
Dan Gopstein New York University, USA, Anne-Laure Fayard New York University, USA, Sven Apel Saarland University, Germany, Justin Cappos New York University, USA
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17:13
17m
Talk
Conversations on Empirical 1
Paper Presentations
Akond Rahman Tennessee Tech University, Ben Hermann Technical University Dortmund, Iftekhar Ahmed University of California at Irvine, USA, Jacob Krüger Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Massimiliano Di Penta University of Sannio, Italy, M: Brittany Johnson George Mason University