DiffTech: a tool for differencing similar technologies from question-and-answer discussions

Han Wang, Chunyang Chen, Zhenchang Xing, John Grundy

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Abstract

Developers can use different technologies for different software development tasks in their work. However, when faced with several technologies with comparable functionalities, it can be challenging for developers to select the most appropriate one, as trial and error comparisons among such technologies are time-consuming. Instead, developers resort to expert articles, read official documents or ask questions in Q&A sites for technology comparison. However, it is still very opportunistic whether they will get a comprehensive comparison, as online information is often fragmented, contradictory and biased. To overcome these limitations, we propose the DiffTech system that exploits the crowd sourced discussions from Stack Overflow, and assists technology comparison with an informative summary of different comparison aspects. We found 19,118 comparative sentences from 2,410 pairs of comparable technologies. We released our DiffTech website for public use. Our website attracts over 1800 users and we also receive some positive comments on social media. A walkthrough video of the tool demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixX41DXRNsI Website link: https://difftech.herokuapp.com/

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th ACM Joint Meeting European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering
EditorsPrem Devanbu, Myra Cohen, Thomas Zimmermann
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1576-1580
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450370431
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventJoint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2020 - Virtual, United States of America
Duration: 8 Nov 202013 Nov 2020
Conference number: 28th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3368089 (Proceedings)
https://2020.esec-fse.org (Website)

Conference

ConferenceJoint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2020
Abbreviated titleESEC/FSE 2020
CountryUnited States of America
CityVirtual
Period8/11/2013/11/20
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Keywords

  • Differencing similar technology
  • NLP
  • Stack Overflow

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