Joseph Lawrance - Information Foraging in Debugging

Is navigating source code like browsing the web? In this talk, Joseph Lawrance examines the relationship between information foraging theory and programmers' debugging behavior. His results demonstrate that information scent and spreading activation models can predict where programmers will need to navigate, based on the contents of bug reports and source code. These findings promise to inform the design of tools to save programmers' time while tracking down bugs.