Computer Science Speaking Skills Talk

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm


1507 Newell-Simon Hall


ZACK COLKER, Ph.D. Student

Debugging Framework Applications: Benefits and Challenges

We posit that aspects of frameworks, such as inversion of control and the structure of framework applications require developers to adjust their debugging strategy as compared to debugging sequential programs. However, the benefits and challenges of framework debugging are not fully understood, and gaining this knowledge could provide guidance in debugging strategies and framework tool design. To gain insight into the process developers use to fix problems in framework applications, we performed two human studies investigating how developers fix applications that use a framework API incorrectly. These studies focused on the Android Fragment class and the ROS framework. From our analysis, we produced a theory of the benefits and challenges of framework debugging. This theory states that developers find inversion of control challenging when debugging but find the structure of framework applications helpful. This theory could be used to guide strategies for debugging framework applications and framework tool designs.

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