Title: Collaborative and social development environments: a literature review

Authors: Hani Bani-Salameh; Clinton Jeffery

Addresses: Department of Software Engineering, The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13115, Jordan ' Department of Computer Science, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83843, USA

Abstract: Software developers spend a majority of their time using a development environment coupled with a variety of collaborative tools. They use integrated development environments (IDEs) in different editing and debugging activities while solving particular technical problems or developing different pieces of software. These programming environments evolved from command line tools, to text-based IDEs, graphical IDEs, and eventually to collaborative and social development environments (SDEs). This paper reviews the current state of the art in collaborative development environments (CDEs) and surveys the evolution in this area. The importance of collaboration within software engineering is addressed, followed by detailed information about collaborative systems for software development. Groupware architectures, taxonomies, and groupware applications relevant to software development are discussed, and various research systems that fall within these classifications are described. The paper concludes with recent research related to collaborative and social software engineering.

Keywords: awareness; CDE; collaborative development environment; collaboration; IDE; integrated development environments; SDE; software development; presence; social development environments; software engineering; taxonomies; groupware; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2014.060520

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2014 Vol.49 No.2, pp.89 - 103

Published online: 02 Mar 2015 *

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