Mind your language: on novices' interactions with error messages

@inproceedings{Marceau2011MindYL,
  title={Mind your language: on novices' interactions with error messages},
  author={Guillaume Marceau and Kathi Fisler and Shriram Krishnamurthi},
  booktitle={Onward!},
  year={2011}
}
Error messages are one of the most important tools that a language offers its programmers. For novices, this feed-back is especially critical. Error messages typically contain both a textual description of the problem and an indication of where in the code the error occurred. This paper reports on a series of studies that explore beginning students' inter-actions with the vocabulary and source-expression high-lighting in DrRacket. Our findings demonstrate that the error message significantly… CONTINUE READING
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