Assieme

Raphael Hoffmann, James Fogarty, Daniel S. Weld
2007 Proceedings of the 20th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology - UIST '07  
Programmers regularly use search as part of the development process, attempting to identify an appropriate API for a problem, seeking more information about an API, and seeking samples that show how to use an API. However, neither general-purpose search engines nor existing code search engines currently fit their needs, in large part because the information programmers need is distributed across many pages. We present Assieme, a Web search interface that effectively supports common programming
more » ... earch tasks by combining information from Web-accessible Java Archive (JAR) files, API documentation, and pages that include explanatory text and sample code. Assieme uses a novel approach to finding and resolving implicit references to Java packages, types, and members within sample code on the Web. In a study of programmers performing searches related to common programming tasks, we show that programmers obtain better solutions, using fewer queries, in the same amount of time spent using a general Web search interface. ACM Classification H5.2. Information interfaces and presentation: User Interfaces.
doi:10.1145/1294211.1294216 dblp:conf/uist/HoffmannFW07 fatcat:bgmqzuvn3fa3tjvujuiozp2niy