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RTFM (Read the Factual Mails) - Augmenting Program Comprehension with Remail

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RTFM (Read the Factual Mails) - Augmenting Program Comprehension with Remail
—The advent of globalization has led to the adoption of distributed software development as a common practice. One of its drawbacks -the absence of impromptu meetingsis tackled with other communication means, such as emails, instant messaging, or forums. Mailing lists have proven to be effective for enabling developers’ collaboration and coordination: Being asynchronous, emails can evade timezone barriers; being public, mailing lists maintain developers’ awareness; being recorded, email archives offer information on system evolution. Emails can provide information about a task, clarify implementation details, or reveal hidden connections among entities, always within the clear context of a discussion. As a result, we argue that emails might help program comprehension. We devised Remail, an Eclipse plugin to integrate email communication in the IDE. It allows developers to seamlessly handle code entities and emails concerning the source code. Discussions relevant to chosen entiti...
Alberto Bacchelli, Michele Lanza, Vitezslav Humpa
Added 20 Aug 2011
Updated 20 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where CSMR
Authors Alberto Bacchelli, Michele Lanza, Vitezslav Humpa
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