Apples vs. oranges?

TitleApples vs. oranges?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDavies, J, German, DM
Tertiary Authorsvan Deursen, A, Xie, T, Zimmermann, T
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 8th working conference on Mining software repositories - MSR '11
Date Published05/2011
PublisherACM Press
Place PublishedNew York, New York, USA
ISBN Number9781450305747
Keywordseclipse, netbeans, source code

We attempt to compare the source code of two Java IDE systems: Netbeans and Eclipse. The result of this experiment shows that many factors, if ignored, could risk a bias in the results, and we posit various observations that should be taken into consideration to minimize such risk.


"In this MSR challenge report, we compare the source code of two in- dustrial grade Integrated Development Environments (IDE): Netbeans, developed by Oracle Corporation, and Eclipse, developed by the Eclipse Foundation. In the same spirit as [1], our goal is not to identify how similar or different they are, but to identify differences that, if not taken into consideration, might result in biased, and potentially erroneous conclusions."

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