Development as a journey : factors supporting the adoption and use of software frameworks

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Myllärniemi , V , Kujala , S , Raatikainen , M & Sevón , P 2018 , ' Development as a journey : factors supporting the adoption and use of software frameworks ' , Journal of software engineering research and development , vol. 6 , no. 6 , pp. 1-22 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s40411-018-0050-8

Title: Development as a journey : factors supporting the adoption and use of software frameworks
Author: Myllärniemi, Varvana; Kujala, Sari; Raatikainen, Mikko; Sevón, Piia
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Empirical Software Engineering research group / Tomi Männistö
Date: 2018-06-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Journal of software engineering research and development
ISSN: 2195-1721
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/241066
Abstract: From the point of view of the software framework owner, attracting new and supporting existing application developers is crucial for the long-term success of the framework. This mixed-methods study explores the factors that support developers in adopting and continuously using a framework. Data was collected from two sources: interviews with experienced practitioners and a longitudinal survey of novice developers. According to the results, developers use API (application programming interface) capabilities and peer experiences to justify the selection of the framework. To commit developers and to ensure continuous use, enjoyment of using the framework and its perceived usability are important factors. Instead of focusing solely on the API, the framework owner should consider all platform boundary resources: API, development tools and information. In addition, the boundary resources should support developers’ needs throughout the developer journey, from early adoption to continuous use.
Subject: Software frameworks
Application development
Software ecosystems
Usability
Developer experience
Developer journey
113 Computer and information sciences
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