Early identification of future committers in open source software projects

Akinori Ihara, Yasutaka Kamei, Masao Ohira, Ahmed E. Hassan, Naoyasu Ubayashi, Ken Ichi Matsumoto

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Abstract

There exists two types of developers in Open Source Software (OSS) projects: 1) Committers who have permission to commit edited source code to the Version Control System (VCS), 2) Developers who contribute source code but cannot commit to the VCS directly. In order to develop and evolve high quality OSS, projects are always in search of new committers. OSS projects often promote strong developers to become committers. When existing committers find strong developers, they propose their promotion to a committer role. Delaying the committer-promotion might lead to strong developers departing from an OSS project and the project losing them. However early committer-promotion comes with its own slew of risks as well (e.g., the promotion of inexperienced developers). Hence, committer-promotion decisions are critical for the quality and successful evolution of OSS projects. In this paper, we examine the committer-promotion phenomena for two OSS projects (Eclipse and Firefox). We find that the amount of activities by future committers was higher than the amount of activities by developers who did not become committers). We also find that some developers are promoted to a committer role very rapidly (within a few month) while some of developers take over one year to become a committer. Finally, we develop a committer-identification model to assist OSS projects identifying future committers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Quality Software
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages47-56
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781479971978
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 14 2014
Event14th International Conference on Quality Software, QSIC 2014 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Oct 2 2014Oct 3 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Quality Software
ISSN (Print)1550-6002

Other

Other14th International Conference on Quality Software, QSIC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityDallas
Period10/2/1410/3/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Ihara, A., Kamei, Y., Ohira, M., Hassan, A. E., Ubayashi, N., & Matsumoto, K. I. (2014). Early identification of future committers in open source software projects. In Proceedings - International Conference on Quality Software (pp. 47-56). [6958386] (Proceedings - International Conference on Quality Software). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/QSIC.2014.30