MSR 2020
Mon 29 - Tue 30 June 2020
co-located with ICSE 2020
Mon 29 Jun 2020 10:54 - 11:00 at MSR:Zoom - Programming Languages & Models Chair(s): Dimitris Kolovos

Models, as the main artifact in model-driven engineering, have been extensively used for goals such as code generation and verification in the area of embedded systems modeling. One of the most popular behavioral modeling techniques is state machine. Many state machine modeling guidelines recommend that a state machine should have more than one state in order to be meaningful. However, single-state state machines (SSSMs) violating this recommendation have been used in modeling cases reported in the literature. In this paper, we investigate the use of SSSMs by studying their prevalence and roles in the domain of embedded systems, as well as why developers use them and what advantages and disadvantages developers perceive. We employ the sequential explanatory strategy to study 1500 state machines from 26 components at a large company producing embedded systems. We observe that 25 out of 26 components contain SSSMs, making up 25.3% of the model base. To understand the reasons for this extensive usage we conduct a series of interviews followed by a grounded theory building. The results suggest that SSSMs are used to interface with the existing code base, to deal with tool limitations, to facilitate maintenance and to ease verification. Based on our results, we provide implications to modeling tool builders. Furthermore, we formulate two hypotheses about the effectiveness of SSSMs as well as the impacts of SSSMs on development, maintenance and verification.

Mon 29 Jun
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10:30 - 11:00: Technical Papers - Programming Languages & Models at MSR:Zoom
Chair(s): Dimitris KolovosUniversity of York

Q/A & Discussion of Session Papers over Zoom (Joining info available on Slack)

msr-2020-Registered-Reports10:30 - 10:36
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J├╝rgen CitoMIT, Jiasi ShenMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Martin RinardMIT
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msr-2020-papers10:36 - 10:42
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Jason TsayIBM Research, Alan BrazIBM Research, Martin HirzelIBM Research, Avraham ShinnarIBM Research, Todd Mummert
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msr-2020-papers10:42 - 10:48
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Timofey BryksinJetBrains Research, Saint Petersburg State University, Victor PetukhovJetBrains, ITMO University, Ilya Alexin, Stanislav Prikhodko, Alexey Shpilman, Vladimir KovalenkoTU Delft, Nikita PovarovJetBrains
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msr-2020-papers10:48 - 10:54
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Tomoki NakamaruGraduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Tomomasa Matsunaga, Tetsuro YamazakiGraduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Soramichi AkiyamaDepartment of Creative Informatics, The University of Tokyo, Shigeru ChibaThe University of Tokyo
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msr-2020-papers10:54 - 11:00
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Nan YangEindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, Pieter Cuijpers, Ramon SchiffelersEindhoven University of Technology and ASML, the Netherlands, Johan Lukkien, Alexander SerebrenikEindhoven University of Technology
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