Paper presented at European Software Engineering Conference
Prof Sebastiano Panichella from Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Technology Director of the COSMOS project, co-authored a paper presented at the Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE) held virtually on 19-23 September 2021. The paper titled "An empirical investigation of relevant changes and automation needs in modern code review", addresses recent research showing that available tools for Modern Code Review (MCR) are still far from meeting the current expectations of developers. The paper investigates the approaches and tools that, from a developer’s point of view, are still needed to facilitate MCR activities. The work empirically elicited a taxonomy and analysis of recurrent review change types that characterize MCR and qualitatively assesses the feasibility and usefulness of leveraging natural language feedback (automation considered critical/feasible to implement) in supporting developers during MCR activities.