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Why Do We Mine?

Martin Robillard posed an interesting question: “Is MSR like mining for Gold?” I guess the overall message was not really, because as with most information it has different value to different people, very much unlike gold.

He continued with showing three of his studies as examples which all emphasized the importance of context. For example, it depends highly on the situation and the developer why they are learning API’s, some do it because they need to use the, others do it because they have assigned to it and need to maintain it.

So always be aware unless the context in which you present you information is spot on, your information might only have the value of fools gold.

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