Systematic evaluation of design choices for software development tools

Toleman, Mark and Welsh, Jim (1998) Systematic evaluation of design choices for software development tools. Software - Concepts and Tools, 19 (3). pp. 109-121. ISSN 1432-2188

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[Abstract]: Most design and evaluation of software tools
is based on the intuition and experience of the designers.
Software tool designers consider themselves typical users
of the tools that they build and tend to subjectively evaluate their products rather than objectively evaluate them using established usability methods. This subjective approach is inadequate if the quality of software tools is to improve and the use of more systematic methods is advocated. This paper summarises a sequence of studies that
show how user interface design choices for software development tools can be evaluated using established usability engineering techniques. The techniques used included guideline review, predictive modelling and experimental studies with users.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2009 10:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: guideline review; experimental studies; predictive models; software development tools; language-based editors
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s003780050014

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