[PAST EVENT] Colloquium: The Role of Social Media Artifacts in Collaborative Software Development

February 27, 2012
8am - 8:50am
McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 020
251 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Social media mechanisms, such as wikis, blogs, tags and feeds, have transformed the way we communicate, work and play online. Many of these technologies have made their way into collaborative software engineering processes and modern software development platforms, either as an adjunct or integrated into a wide range of tools ranging from code editors and issue trackers to IDEs and web-based portals. Based on the results of several empirical studies, we highlight how social media artifacts, such as tags, feeds and dashboards, bridge lightweight and heavyweight task management in software development. Furthermore, we illustrate how blogs, developer wikis and Q&A websites are changing the way software is documented. Our findings indicate that lightweight informal tool support, prevalent in the social computing domain, may play an important role in improving collaborative software development practices.

Christoph Treude is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the University of Victoria and an organizer of the workshop on Web 2.0 for Software Engineering (Web2SE). In his Ph.D. research, he is exploring the role of social media artifacts in collaborative software development. He has studied the use of tags, dashboards, feeds, community portals, blogs and Q&A websites by professional software developers.

Department of Computer Science