The recent explosion in software development technologies and the ever-increasing diversity of programmers and programming contexts creates critical challenges for the development of usable and up-to-date software documentation. The concept of traditional, manually-authored documents may be unsustainable in this context. In February 2017, the participants of the DysDoc 2017 Workshop elaborated a vision of On-Demand Developer Documentation (OD3), presented at ICSME 2017. The idea of an OD3 system is to automatically generate high-quality documentation in response to a user query using a combination of knowledge extraction techniques on an underlying collection of structured and unstructured artifacts, including source code, issue tracking system metadata, and posts from Q&A forums.
Following on the heels of the successful DysDoc2 and DysDoc3 instances of the series, the DysDoc4 workshop will bring together experienced researchers with the goal of developing new initiatives for collaborative research on on-demand developer documentation.
The workshop will take place at McGill University's Bellairs Research Institute, located directly on a beautiful beach in Barbados. The Bellairs Institute provides basic accommodation (in double occupancy only). The workshop activities will be held directly at the institute.
The workshop is organized by Martin Robillard with Andrian Marcus, Christoph Treude, and Michele Lanza. Due to limited space availability, attendance at the workshop is by invitation only.