2013 20th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE) (2013)
Oct. 14, 2013 to Oct. 17, 2013
Mohammad Masudur Rahman , Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Shamima Yeasmin , Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Chanchal K. Roy , Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Traditional web search forces the developers to leave their working environments and look for solutions in the web browsers. It often does not consider the context of their programming problems. The context-switching between the web browser and the working environment is time-consuming and distracting, and the keyword-based traditional search often does not help much in problem solving. In this paper, we propose an Eclipse IDE-based web search solution that collects the data from three web search APIs-Google, Yahoo, Bing and a programming Q & A site-StackOverflow. It then provides search results within IDE taking not only the content of the selected error into account but also the problem context, popularity and search engine recommendation of the result links. Experiments with 25 runtime errors and exceptions show that the proposed approach outperforms the keyword-based search approaches with a recommendation accuracy of 96%. We also validate the results with a user study involving five prospective participants where we get a result agreement of 64.28%. While the preliminary results are promising, the approach needs to be further validated with more errors and exceptions followed by a user study with more participants to establish itself as a complete IDE-based web search solution.
Context, Search engines, Programming, Web search, Browsers, Measurement, Search problems
M. M. Rahman, S. Yeasmin and C. K. Roy, "An IDE-based context-aware meta search engine," 2013 20th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE), Koblenz, Germany Germany, 2013, pp. 467-471.