Hi Linda and all,
My masters thesis "An Exploration of the Effects of Enhanced Compiler Error
Messages for Computer Programming Novices" is finally online. There is a
link to the pdf at www.brettbecker.com/publications, under 2015. I couldn't
post it there until it was posted to the official repository, which is
here, if you want the 'official' version: http://arrow.dit.ie/ltcdis/35/.
This has much of the background and development information that led to the
SIGCSE and Computer Science Education papers which are also found on my
I have a PhD student now who will be investigating compiler error
enhancement in much more detail than I did. I'll post updates as they come,
just to keep the topic alive!
If ever you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.
On Wednesday, 5 October 2016 16:05:15 UTC+1, Brett Becker wrote:
> Hi Linda and all,
> My work on enhancing compiler error messages in Java has been published by
> Science Education. *I believe that as a 'recent article' it is free to
> download (for the moment anyway) from
> I also have the accepted manuscript available on my personal webpage here:
> http://www.brettbecker.com/becker2016effective/, along with a free link
> to the paper if it isn't freely available at T&F, but I think as a 'recent'
> article it is.
> Soon I will have my 2015 thesis online which includes details on the
> ground-work. I'll send another email when that is up.
> I hope that some of you find this of interest. As I said in my earlier
> post the software is at the end of its life in many ways but I have a PhD
> student starting now who is going to revive/update/expand the project. I'll
> let you know of any interesting developments.
> On Monday, 18 April 2016 09:38:16 UTC+1, Brett Becker wrote:
>> Hi Linda,
>> I have just completed a masters thesis on enhancing Java compiler error
>> messages. The thesis in its entirety isn't online yet - I'm waiting for a
>> few administrative hurdles to be jumped. What I do have that may help at
>> the moment are the following:
>> 1. I have attached a pdf containing about 120 references, mainly on
>> novice programmer behavior and enhancing error messages, with a slight
>> towards Java, but there are plenty of references on other languages also.
>> Some of these took a long time to track down, and I only discovered some
>> later than I would have hoped, so I hope this gives you a jump start.
>> are a number of references on software that enhances error messages and
>> designing good error messages. There are several PhD and MSc theses
>> included that aren't always available on google scholar - some of them
>> hiding in fairly dark corners of the net. If you have trouble tracking
>> anything in particular down let me know. I should have copies of all of
>> 2. I recently presented some of these results at SIGCSE:
>> I found that for the groups that participated in my study and using my
>> software, enhancing errors did make a positive difference in terms of
>> number of overall errors committed, the number of errors per student, for
>> some error messages the number of errors per error message, as well as to
>> some extent the number of repeated (consecutive) errors.
>> The software is now several years old and has reached its end of life in
>> too many ways. I have a new PhD student starting next semester however who
>> is going to hopefully expand upon this work, in addition to moving in a few
>> new directions.
>> I'll send you an email as new information becomes available. I am very
>> interested in this area, so please feel free to contact me at any time with
>> questions or updates!
>> Kind regards,
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