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Software Engineering Education and Training, Conference on (2010)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar. 9, 2010 to Mar. 12, 2010
ISSN: 1093-0175
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4054-2
pp: 41-48
ABSTRACT
A controlled experiment investigating the effect layout has on how students identify design pattern roles in UML class diagrams is presented. Two layout schemes, multi-cluster and orthogonal, are compared with respect to three open source systems and four design patterns. Seventeen students were asked a series of eight design pattern role detection (comprehension) questions for each layout, followed by eight preference rating questions. Results indicate a significant improvement in role detection accuracy with the multi-cluster layout for the strategy pattern and a significant improvement in detection time with the multi-cluster layout for all four patterns. Preference ratings significantly favored the multi-cluster layout for pattern role detection ease. These results can be used to help improve the teaching of design patterns.
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Jonathan I. Maletic, Bonita Sharif, "The Effects of Layout on Detecting the Role of Design Patterns", Software Engineering Education and Training, Conference on, vol. 00, no. , pp. 41-48, 2010, doi:10.1109/CSEET.2010.23
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