All syntax errors are not equal

@inproceedings{Denny2012AllSE,
  title={All syntax errors are not equal},
  author={Paul Denny and Andrew Luxton-Reilly and Ewan D. Tempero},
  booktitle={ITiCSE},
  year={2012}
}
Identifying and correcting syntax errors is a challenge all novice programmers confront. As educators, the more we understand about the nature of these errors and how students respond to them, the more effective our teaching can be. It is well known that just a few types of errors are far more frequently encountered by students learning to program than most. In this paper, we examine how long students spend resolving the most common syntax errors, and discover that certain types of errors are… CONTINUE READING
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