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ICSE 2019
Sat 25 - Fri 31 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada
Thu 30 May 2019 11:21 - 11:36 at St-Paul / Ste-Catherine - SE Instructional Strategies Chair(s): Timothy Lethbridge

Novices’ functionally-correct code is often redundant, verbose, or un-idiomatic. Such code could indicate shallow understanding of the programming language, or unfamiliarity with experts’ preferences for code structure. Understanding why novices write poorly is important for designing instruction and tools to help novices write elegantly. 231 novices judged style and readability for sets of code snippets targeting seven topics. Within each set, functionality was the same, but the writing followed either common novice patterns or a more elegant, “expert” pattern. Overall, 76% of novices thought the "expert” snippets had the best style, but only 64% said those snippets were most readable. However, comprehension was similar for both “expert” and novice patterns, regardless of readability preferences. This suggests that students who prefer novice patterns do not necessarily have deep misunderstandings about the programming language. One topic included a code-writing task, and students’ readability preferences were predictive of their code-writing patterns, suggesting that readability preferences reflect writing choices rather than comprehension. Thus, novices may benefit from lightweight tools that identify common patterns and suggest an “expert” solution, while helping them see that the “expert” solution is more readable than they think.

Thu 30 May

11:00 - 12:30: Software Engineering Education and Training - SE Instructional Strategies at St-Paul / Ste-Catherine
Chair(s): Timothy LethbridgeUniversity of Ottawa
icse-2019-Software-Engineering-Education-and-Training11:00 - 11:15
William BillingsleyUniversity of New England
icse-2019-Posters11:15 - 11:21
Max KesselbacherUniversity of Klagenfurt, Andreas BollinUniversity of Klagenfurt, Austria
icse-2019-Software-Engineering-Education-and-Training11:21 - 11:36
Eliane WieseUniversity of Utah, Anna RaffertyCarleton College, Armando FoxUC Berkeley
icse-2019-Software-Engineering-Education-and-Training11:36 - 11:46
Chunyin Nong, Qiao ZhangDept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 75205, Liguo HuangDept. of Computer Science, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 75205, Di CuiXi'an Jiaotong University, Qinghua ZhengMOEKLINNS Lab, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 710049, China, Ting LiuMOEKLINNS Lab, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 710049, China
icse-2019-Software-Engineering-Education-and-Training11:46 - 12:01
Stanislav ChrenMasaryk University, Barbora BuhnovaMasaryk University, Martin MacakMasaryk University, Faculty of Informatics, Lukas DaubnerMasaryk University, Faculty of Informatics, Bruno RossiMasaryk University
icse-2019-Software-Engineering-Education-and-Training12:01 - 12:30