A newbie's guide to eclipse APIs

TitleA newbie's guide to eclipse APIs
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHolmes, R, Walker, RJ
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 2008 international working conference on Mining software repositories
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-60558-024-1
KeywordsAPI popularity, documentation, eclipse, mining software repositories, module, msr challenge, PopCon, popularity

Eclipse has evolved from a fledgling Java IDE into a mature software ecosystem. One of the greatest benefits Eclipse provides developers is flexibility; however, this is not without cost. New Eclipse developers often find the framework to be large and confusing. Determining which parts of the framework they should be using can be a difficult task as Eclipse documentation tends to be either very high-level, focusing on the design of the framework, or low-level, focusing on specific APIs. We have developed a tool called PopCon that provides a bridge between high-level design documentation and low-level API documentation by statically analyzing a framework and several of its clients and providing a ranked list of the relative popularity of its APIs. We have applied PopCon to the Eclipse framework for this challenge to help newbie Eclipse developers identify some of the most relevant APIs for their tasks.

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