Exploratory experimental studies comparing online and offline programming performance

  title={Exploratory experimental studies comparing online and offline programming performance},
  author={Harold Sackman and W. J. Erikson and E. E. Grant},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
Two exploratory experiments were conducted at System Development Corporation to compare debugging performance of programmers working under conditions of online and off:line access to a computer. These are the first known studies that measure programmers' performance under controlled conditions for standard tasks. Statistically significant results of both experiments indicated faster debugging under online conditions, but perhaps the most important practical finding involves the striking… CONTINUE READING
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