End User Software Engineering

Posted in Conferences, Companies, Development on May 06, 2007

End User Software Engineering

Google Tech Talks
April 27, 2007


In this talk, we will consider what happens when we add to end-user programming environments consideration of the software lifecycle beyond the "coding" phase. Considering other phases is necessary, because there is ample evidence that the programs end users create are filled with errors. To help address this problem, we have been working on an approach to software engineering for end users. It incorporates support for software engineering devices to help end- user programmers with, for example, systematic testing and fault localization. The catch: the user is not assumed to have expertise or even interest in software engineering. In this talk, I will focus on our "Surprise-Explain-Reward" strategy for motivating male and female end users to employ these software engineering devices for end-user programmers.

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