* ICSE 2018 *
Sun 27 May - Sun 3 June 2018 Gothenburg, Sweden
Thu 31 May 2018 11:20 - 11:40 at H1 room - Communities and Ecosystems Chair(s): Alexander Serebrenik

In fast-paced, reuse-heavy, and distributed software development, the transparency provided by social coding platforms like GitHub is essential to decision making. Developers infer the quality of projects using visible cues, known as signals, collected from personal profile and repository pages. We report on a large-scale, mixed-methods empirical study of npm packages that explores the emerging phenomenon of repository badges, with which maintainers signal underlying qualities about their projects to contributors and users. We investigate which qualities maintainers intend to signal and how well badges correlate with those qualities. After surveying developers, mining 294,941 repositories, and applying statistical modeling and time-series analyses, we find that non-trivial badges, which display the build status, test coverage, and up-to-dateness of dependencies, are mostly reliable signals, correlating with more tests, better pull requests, and fresher dependencies. Displaying such badges correlates with best practices, but the effects do not always persist.

Thu 31 May

11:00 - 12:30: Technical Papers - Communities and Ecosystems at H1 room
Chair(s): Alexander SerebrenikEindhoven University of Technology
icse-2018-Technical-Papers152775720000011:00 - 11:20
Mauricio AnicheDelft University of Technology, Netherlands, Christoph TreudeThe University of Adelaide, Igor SteinmacherFederal University of Technology - Paraná / Northern Arizona University, Igor WieseFederal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), Gustavo PintoUFPA, Margaret-Anne StoreyUniversity of Victoria, Marco GerosaNorthern Arizona University
icse-2018-Technical-Papers152775840000011:20 - 11:40
Asher TrockmanUniversity of Evansville, Shurui ZhouCarnegie Mellon University, USA, Christian KästnerCarnegie Mellon University, Bogdan VasilescuCarnegie Mellon University
Pre-print Media Attached
icse-2018-Technical-Papers152775960000011:40 - 12:00
Daniel M. German, Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Germán Poo-Caamaño, Xin YangUnionbigdata.com, Hajimu Iida, Katsuro InoueOsaka University
Pre-print File Attached
icse-2018-Journal-first-papers152776080000012:00 - 12:20
Mirco FranzagoUniversity of L'Aquila, Italy, Ivano MalavoltaVrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Davide Di RuscioUniversity of L'Aquila, Henry MucciniUniversity of L'Aquila
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