Programmers’ Build Errors: A Case Study (at Google)

Building is an integral part of the software development process.
However, little is known about the compiler errors that
occur in this process. In this paper, we present an empirical
study of 26.6 million builds produced during a period of
nine months by thousands of developers. We describe the
workflow through which those builds are generated, and we
analyze failure frequency, compiler error types, and resolution
efforts to fix those compiler errors. The results provide
insights on how a large organization build process works, and
pinpoints errors for which further developer support would
be most effective



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