An Effective Approach to Enhancing Compiler Error Messages
|Title:||An Effective Approach to Enhancing Compiler Error Messages||Authors:||Becker, Brett A.||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7583||Date:||5-Mar-2016||Abstract:||Compiler error messages present a significant challenge to novice programmers from the time they write their first program. These messages report details on errors the programmer made and are essential as a student's primary source of information on correcting their mistakes. However these frequently inadequate messages present a barrier to progress and are often a source of discouragement. We have designed and implemented an editor that provides enhanced compiler error messages to CS1 students learning Java and conducted a controlled empirical study. We find a reduced frequency of overall errors, errors per student, and identify eight compiler error messages for which enhancement has a significant effect. We also find a reduced number of repeated errors which indicates fewer students struggling with compiler errors.||Type of material:||Conference Publication||Publisher:||ACM||Copyright (published version):||2016 ACM||Keywords:||Java;Debugging;Errors;Syntax errors;Error messages;Compiler errors;Feedback;Novice;Programming;CS1||DOI:||10.1145/2839509.2844584||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed||Is part of:||SIGCSE '16 Proceedings of the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education||Conference Details:||SIGCSE '16: The 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Memphis, Tennessee, 2 - 5 March 2016|
|Appears in Collections:||Computer Science Research Collection|
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