Fixing Continuous Integration Tests From Within the IDE With Contextual Information

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Abstract

The most common reason for Continuous Integration (CI) builds to break is failing tests. When a build breaks, a developer often has to scroll through hundreds to thousands of log lines to find which test is failing and why. Finding the issue is a tedious process that relies on a developer's experience and increases the cost of software testing. We investigate how presenting different kinds of contextual information about CI builds in the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) impacts the time developers take to fix a broken build. Our IntelliJ plugin TESTAXIS surfaces additional information such as a unique view of the code under test that was changed leading up to the build failure. We conduct a user experiment and show that TESTAXIS helps developers fix failing tests 13.4% to 48.6% faster. The participants found the features of TESTAXIS useful and would incorporate it in their development workflow to save time. With TESTAXIS we set an important step towards removing the need to manually inspect build logs and bringing CI build results to the IDE, ultimately saving developers time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 30th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Program Comprehension, ICPC 2022
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
PublisherIEEE
Pages287-297
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9298-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-5209-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventICPC 2022: 30th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Program Comprehension - Virtual at Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 16 May 202217 May 2022

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension
Volume2022-March

Conference

ConferenceICPC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual at Pittsburgh
Period16/05/2217/05/22

Bibliographical note

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Keywords

  • Software Testing
  • Continuous Integration
  • Developer Assistance
  • IDE Plugin
  • User Experiment

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