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Developers frequently backtrack while coding. They go back to an earlier state by removing inserted code or by restoring removed code for various reasons. However, little is known about when and how the developers backtrack, and modern IDEs do not provide much assistance for backtracking. As a first step towards gathering baseline knowledge about backtracking and designing more robust backtracking assistance tools in modern IDEs, we conducted an exploratory study with 12 professional developersdoi:10.1109/chase.2012.6223012 dblp:conf/icse/YoonM12 fatcat:5mnjnaovkjcwblstbbrj55zoci