An Evaluation of the DiaSuite Toolset by Professional Developers: Learning Cost and Usability

Milan Kabáč 1 Nic Volanschi 1 Charles Consel 1, 2
1 Phoenix - Programming Language Technology For Communication Services
LaBRI - Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, EA4136 - Handicap et système nerveux :Action, communication, interaction: rétablissement de la fonction et de la participation [Bordeaux]
Abstract : This paper evaluates a design-driven, tool-based approach, named DiaSuite, dedicated to developing applications involving sensors and actuators. Specifically, we evaluate the usability and the learning cost of DiaSuite as a first step to assess the potential for transferring this technology to the industrial practice of this domain. We assess the cost of learning DiaSuite by involving four professional programmers in a usability study involving a software engineering task. This experiment brings preliminary evidence that the DiaSuite technology can be used effectively by professional developers after only half a day of training. We then present qualitative data about the usage and usability of DiaSuite, collected from developers, via questionnaires and interviews. Finally, we discuss lessons learned from this work.
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Milan Kabáč, Nic Volanschi, Charles Consel. An Evaluation of the DiaSuite Toolset by Professional Developers: Learning Cost and Usability. Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU) 2015, Oct 2015, Pittsburgh, United States. ⟨hal-01225640⟩

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