Big Code: New Opportunities for Improving Software Construction
Abstract—An emerging research topic called big code has recently appeared. Big code is based on the idea that open source code repositories can be used to create new kind of programming tools and services to improve software reliability and construction. We discuss different fields of application of big code, and the key issues to implement tools aimed at improving software construction following this approach. We describe the existing works that have already used this idea to build tools for vulnerability detection, software deobfuscation, automatic code completion for API usage, and efficient querying using detailed source-code information. Then, we propose different fields of application and the key issues found. We identify eight different fields where big code may be applied, and describe different examples for each field. We also detect seven different issues that must be tackled when creating tools based on the big code approach.
Index Terms—Big code, graph database, machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, program analysis
Cite: Francisco Ortin*, Javier Escalada, Oscar Rodriguez-Prieto, "Big Code: New Opportunities for Improving Software Construction," Journal of Software vol. 11, no. 11, pp. 1083-1088, 2016.
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