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SPLASH 2016
Sun 30 October - Fri 4 November 2016 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Git is a widely used version control system that is powerful but complicated. Its complexity may not be an inevitable consequence of its power but rather evidence of flaws in its design. To explore this hypothesis, we analyzed the design of Git using a theory that identifies concepts, purposes, and misfits. Some well-known difficulties with Git are described, and explained as misfits in which underlying concepts fail to meet their intended purpose. Based on this analysis, we designed a reworking of Git (called Gitless) that attempts to remedy these flaws.

To correlate misfits with issues reported by users, we conducted a study of Stack Overflow questions. And to determine whether users experienced fewer complications using Gitless in place of Git, we conducted a small user study. Results suggest our approach can be profitable in identifying, analyzing, and fixing design problems.

Conference Day
Wed 2 Nov

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

15:40 - 17:20
Programming Frameworks, Tools, and MethodologiesOOPSLA at Matterhorn 2
Chair(s): Emerson Murphy-HillGoogle
15:40
25m
Talk
Purposes, Concepts, Misfits, and a Redesign of GitAEC
OOPSLA
DOI Pre-print Media Attached
16:05
25m
Talk
Apex: Automatic Programming Assignment Error Explanation
OOPSLA
Dohyeong KimPurdue University, Yonghwi KwonPurdue University, Peng LiuPurdue University, I Luk KimPurdue University, David Mitchel PerryPurdue University, Xiangyu ZhangPurdue University, Gustavo Rodriguez-RiveraPurdue University
DOI Media Attached
16:30
25m
Talk
Asserting Reliable Convergence for Configuration Management ScriptsDistinguished Paper Award
OOPSLA
Oliver HanappiVienna University of Technology, Waldemar HummerVienna University of Technology, Schahram DustdarTU Wien
DOI
16:55
25m
Talk
Dependent Partitioning
OOPSLA
Sean TreichlerStanford University, Michael BauerNVIDIA Research, Rahul SharmaMicrosoft Research, Elliott Slaughter, Alex AikenStanford University
DOI Media Attached