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24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2016), November 13–18, 2016, Seattle, WA, USA

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Session 2: HCI and Process
Research Papers
Emerald 2, Chair: Peri Tarr
A Cross-Tool Communication Study on Program Analysis Tool Notifications
Brittany Johnson, Rahul Pandita, Justin Smith, Denae Ford, Sarah Elder, Emerson Murphy-Hill, Sarah Heckman, and Caitlin Sadowski
(North Carolina State University, USA; Google, USA)
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Abstract: Program analysis tools use notifications to communicate with developers, but previous research suggests that developers encounter challenges that impede this communication. This paper describes a qualitative study that identifies 10 kinds of challenges that cause notifications to miscommunicate with developers. Our resulting notification communication theory reveals that many challenges span multiple tools and multiple levels of developer experience. Our results suggest that, for example, future tools that model developer experience could improve communication and help developers build more accurate mental models.


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