Visible to the public What Do Developers Discuss about Biometric APIs?

TitleWhat Do Developers Discuss about Biometric APIs?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsJin, Zhe, Chee, Kong Yik, Xia, Xin
Conference Name2019 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME)
KeywordsAPIs, APIs misuse, application program interfaces, application programming interface, biometric API-related posts, biometric technology, biometric-based algorithms, biometrics, biometrics (access control), compositionality, Documentation, empirical software engineering, Face, feature extraction, Market research, multiple implementation environments, Neurotechnology, pubcrawl, resilience, Resiliency, Software, Sorting, sound biometric system, system developers, Task Analysis
AbstractWith the emergence of biometric technology in various applications, such as access control (e.g. mobile lock/unlock), financial transaction (e.g. Alibaba smile-to-pay) and time attendance, the development of biometric system attracts increasingly interest to the developers. Despite a sound biometric system gains the security assurance and great usability, it is a rather challenging task to develop an effective biometric system. For instance, many public available biometric APIs do not provide sufficient instructions / precise documentations on the usage of biometric APIs. Many developers are struggling in implementing these APIs in various tasks. Moreover, quick update on biometric-based algorithms (e.g. feature extraction and matching) may propagate to APIs, which leads to potential confusion to the system developers. Hence, we conduct an empirical study to the problems that the developers currently encountered while implementing the biometric APIs as well as the issues that need to be addressed when developing biometric systems using these APIs. We manually analyzed a total of 500 biometric API-related posts from various online media such as Stack Overflow and Neurotechnology. We reveal that 1) most of the problems encountered are related to the lack of precise documentation on the biometric APIs; 2) the incompatibility of biometric APIs cross multiple implementation environments.
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