Reference : An industrial study on the differences between pre-release and post-release bugs
Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings : Paper published in a book
Engineering, computing & technology : Computer science
Security, Reliability and Trust
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/41416
An industrial study on the differences between pre-release and post-release bugs
English
Rwemalika, Renaud mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > >]
Kintis, Marinos mailto []
Papadakis, Mike mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) >]
Le Traon, Yves mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC) >]
Lorrach, Pierre mailto [BGL BNP Paribas > IT > Test Factory > Manager]
30-Sep-2019
Proceedings of 35th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution
IEEE
11
Yes
No
International
35th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution
from 30-09-2019 to 04-10-2019
Cleveland, OH
USA
[en] industrial study ; pre-release bug fixes ; post-release bug fixes ; revision histories ; quality assurance
[en] Software bugs constitute a frequent and common issue of software development. To deal with this problem, modern software development methodologies introduce dedicated quality assurance procedures. At the same time researchers aim at developing techniques capable of supporting the early discovery and fix of bugs. One important factor that guides such research attempts is the characteristics of software bugs and bug fixes.

In this paper, we present an industrial study on the characteristics and differences between pre-release bugs, i.e. bugs detected during software development, and post-release bugs, i.e. bugs that escaped to production. Understanding such differences is of paramount importance as it will improve our understanding on the testing and debugging support that practitioners require from the research community, on the validity of the assumptions of several research techniques, and, most importantly, on the reasons why bugs escape to production.

To this end, we analyze 37 industrial projects from our industrial partner and document the differences between pre-release bugs and post-release bugs. Our findings suggest that post-release bugs are more complex to fix, requiring developers to modify several source code files, written in different programming languages, and configuration files, as well. We also find that approximately 82% of the post-release bugs involve code additions and can be characterized as "omission" bugs. Finally, we conclude the paper with a discussion on the implications of our study and provide guidance to future research directions.
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) > Security Design and Validation Research Group (SerVal)
Fonds National de la Recherche - FnR ; BGL BNP Paribas
Automatic generation and maintenance of functional tests in an agile environment
Researchers ; Professionals
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/41416
FnR ; FNR12537878 > Renaud Rwemalika > > Automatic generation and maintenance of functional tests in an agile environment > 01/03/2018 > 15/10/2021 > 2018

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