A Study of Usability of Web-Based Software Repositories


Authors: Neil Clayton, Robert Biddle, Ewan Tempero
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Software repositories have a key role to play in software reuse strategies to improve software development productivity. However, repositories have not been conspicuously successful, and have not been able to play their role very successfully, despite improvements in supporting technology such as the web. We speculate that a weakness in repositories is their usability. In this paper we present a study of the usability of web-based software repositories, using the ``cognitive walkthrough'' usability inspection method. We found that repository usability did indeed seem to be a difficulty, and identified several significant points where usability could be improved.

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