Project description

Are you passionate by software design, but you believe a lot of developers don’t really grasp what OOP means? The goal of this project is to understand and fix that!

This project involves:

  • Devising experiments to explore the challenges developers face when trying to comprehend software design. This might involve the use of eye tracking devices or brain-computer interfaces.

  • Analyze GitHub’s data to understand how developers deal with design decisions in scale.

  • Ethnography studies at large industry partners with the goal of observing software design in the wild.

  • Burkhardt, J.-M., Detienne, F., & Wiedenbeck, S. (1998). The effect of object-oriented programming expertise in several dimensions of comprehension strategies. Proceedings. 6th International Workshop on Program Comprehension. IWPC’98 (Cat. No.98TB100242), 82–89. https://doi.org/10.1109/WPC.1998.693294

  • Karahasanović, A., Levine, A. K., & Thomas, R. (2007). Comprehension strategies and difficulties in maintaining object-oriented systems: An explorative study. Journal of Systems and Software, 80(9), 1541–1559. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2006.10.041

  • Corritore, C. L., & Wiedenbeck, S. (2001). Exploratory study of program comprehension strategies of procedural and object-oriented programmers. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 54(1), 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1006/ijhc.2000.0423

Contacts for the project