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An empirical study of fault localization for end-user programmers

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An empirical study of fault localization for end-user programmers
End users develop more software than any other group of programmers, using software authoring devices such as e-mail filtering editors, by-demonstration macro builders, and spreadsheet environments. Despite this, there has been little research on finding ways to help these programmers with the dependability of their software. We have been addressing this problem in several ways, one of which includes supporting end-user debugging activities through fault localization techniques. This paper presents the results of an empirical study conducted in an end-user programming environment to examine the impact of two separate factors in fault localization techniques that affect technique effectiveness. Our results shed new insights into fault localization techniques for end-user programmers and the factors that affect them, with significant implications for the evaluation of those techniques. Categories and Subject Descriptors D.2.5 [Software Engineering]: Testing and Debugging--debugging aids...
Joseph R. Ruthruff, Margaret M. Burnett, Gregg Rot
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where ICSE
Authors Joseph R. Ruthruff, Margaret M. Burnett, Gregg Rothermel
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