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Unweaving Code Search Toward Remixing-Centered Programming Support

  • Kumiyo Nakakoji
  • Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Yoshiyuki Nishinaka

Abstract

Recognizing that programming is basically remixing, this chapter looks into the cognitive, social, and practical aspects of searching for and using existing code in a programming task. A code search mechanism undoubtedly plays an essential supporting role in a developer’s search for code in his or her own programming task. Supporting code search activities, however, demands more than code search mechanisms. At the same time, code search mechanisms also help a developer in a wider spectrum of programming activities. We present the anatomy of the cognitive activity in which a developer searches for existing code, and we propose efficacy and attitude as two dimensions depicting code search activity. We discuss areas of necessary technical and socio-technical support for code search activities in addition to code search mechanisms. We conclude the chapter by calling for a developer-centered remixing-oriented development environment.

Keywords

Mailing List Search Mechanism Usable Code Code Segment Programming Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kumiyo Nakakoji
    • 1
  • Yasuhiro Yamamoto
    • 2
  • Yoshiyuki Nishinaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Software Research Associates Inc.TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Tokyo Institute of TechnologyYokohamaJapan

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