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(No) Influence of Continuous Integration on the Commit Activity in GitHub Projects — Supplementary Material

Baltes, Sebastian


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{
  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.1406144", 
  "title": "(No) Influence of Continuous Integration on the Commit Activity in GitHub Projects \u2014 Supplementary Material", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2018, 
        8, 
        30
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>A core goal of Continuous Integration (CI) is to make small incremental changes to software projects, which are integrated frequently into a mainline repository or branch. Our paper presents an empirical study that investigates if developers adjust their commit activity towards the above-mentioned goal after projects start using CI. We analyzed the commit and merge activity in 93 GitHub projects that introduced the hosted CI system <em>Travis CI</em>, but have also been developed on GitHub for at least one year before introducing CI. In our analysis, we only found one non-negligible effect, an increased merge ratio, meaning that there were more merging commits in relation to all commits after the projects started using <em>Travis CI</em>. This effect has also been reported in related work. However, we observed the same effect in a random sample of 60 GitHub projects not using CI. Thus, it is unlikely that the effect is caused by the introduction of CI alone. We conclude that: (1) in our sample of projects, the introduction of CI did not lead to major changes in developers&#39; commit activity, and (2) it is important to compare the commit activity to a baseline before attributing an effect to a treatment that may not be the cause for the observed effect.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Baltes, Sebastian"
    }
  ], 
  "note": "To execute the analysis scripts, you also need to download the corresponding dataset: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1140260", 
  "type": "article", 
  "id": "1406144"
}
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