MSR 2020
Mon 29 - Tue 30 June 2020
co-located with ICSE 2020
Mon 29 Jun 2020 12:00 - 12:10 at MSR:Zoom - Code Smells Chair(s): Alessandro Garcia

The growth of the video game market, the large proportion of games targeting mobile devices or streaming services, and the increasing complexity of video games trigger the availability of video game-specific tools to assess performance and maintainability problems. This paper proposes UnityLinter, a static analysis tool that aids Unity video game developers to identify seven types of bad smells we have identified as relevant in video game development. Such smell types pertain to performance, maintainability and incorrect behavior problems. After having defined the smells by analyzing the existing literature and discussion forums, we have assessed their relevance with a survey involving 68 participants. Then, we have analyzed the occurrence of the studied smells in 100 open-source Unity projects, and also assessed UnityLinter’s accuracy. Results of our empirical investigation indicate that developers well-received performance- and behavior-related issues, while some maintainability issues are more controversial. UnityLinter is, in general, accurate enough in detecting smells (86%-100% precision and 50%-100% recall), and our study shows that the studied smell types occur in 39%-97% of the analyzed projects.

Mon 29 Jun
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msr-2020-papers
12:00 - 13:00: Technical Papers - Code Smells at MSR:Zoom
Chair(s): Alessandro GarciaPUC-Rio

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

msr-2020-papers12:00 - 12:10
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msr-2020-papers12:10 - 12:20
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Davide SpadiniDelft University of Technology, Netherlands, Martin Schvarcbacher, Ana Maria Oprescu, Magiel BruntinkSoftware Improvement Group, Alberto BacchelliUniversity of Zurich
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msr-2020-papers12:20 - 12:30
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Biruk Asmare Muse, Masud RahmanDalhousie University, Csaba NagySoftware Institute - USI, Lugano, Anthony CleveUniversity of Namur, Foutse KhomhPolytechnique Montréal, Giuliano AntoniolPolytechnique Montréal
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msr-2020-Registered-Reports12:30 - 12:40
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Mouna Abidi, Moses Openja, Foutse KhomhPolytechnique Montréal
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msr-2020-papers12:40 - 12:50
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Hadhemi Jebnoun, Masud RahmanDalhousie University, Foutse KhomhPolytechnique Montréal, Houssem Ben Braiek
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msr-2020-papers12:50 - 13:00
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Fabiano PecorelliUniversity of Salerno, Fabio PalombaUniversity of Salerno, Foutse KhomhPolytechnique Montréal, Andrea De LuciaUniversity of Salerno
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