Using Structure-Based Recommendations to Facilitate Discoverability in APIs

@inproceedings{DualaEkoko2011UsingSR,
  title={Using Structure-Based Recommendations to Facilitate Discoverability in APIs},
  author={Ekwa Duala-Ekoko and Martin P. Robillard},
  booktitle={ECOOP},
  year={2011}
}
Empirical evidence indicates that developers face significant hurdles when the API elements necessary to implement a task are not accessible from the types they are working with. We propose an approach that leverages the structural relationships between API elements to make API methods or types not accessible from a given API type more discoverable. We implemented our approach as an extension to the content assist feature of the Eclipse IDE, in a tool called API Explorer. API Explorer… CONTINUE READING
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