Effects of interruption-style on end-user programmers Public Deposited

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  • This thesis presents the results of two studies that investigate the question of what interruption-styles are most appropriate for end-user programmers who are debugging programs. In the studies, end-user programmers are presented with surprises that encourage them to investigate, use, and learn about debugging devices in their programming environment. We used various interruption-styles to present these surprises to the end-user programmers, and we evaluated how they affected the end-user programmers ability to learn about the debugging features, their accuracy at debugging their programs, and how accurate they were at judging how well they had debugged their programs. The three styles we compared were immediate-style interruptions (which force the user to acknowledge them), low-intensity negotiated-style interruptions (which do not force the user to acknowledge them, but rather use visual elements such as red circles around cell values in order to notify users that there is something for them to do), and high-intensity negotiated-style interruptions (which are the same as low-intensity negotiated-style interruptions except that the visual elements are more intense, e.g. they are larger and they blink). We found that low-intensity negotiated-style interruptions best supported end-user programmers debugging, learning, and self-assessment. We also found that immediate-style and high-intensity negotiated-style interruptions had very similar effects on the end-user programmers.
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