An error code highlighting function in Java programming learning assistant system using test-driven development method

Nobuo Funabiki, Yuuki Fukuyama, Yukiko Matsushima, Toru Nakanishi, Kan Watanabe

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Abstract

Recently, the objected-oriented programming language Java has been used in many practical systems including enterprise servers, smart phones, and embedded systems due to its high reliability and portability. To enhance effects of Java programming educations, we have developed a Web-based Java Programming Learning Assistant System (JPLAS). JPLAS adopts the Test-Driven Development (TDD) method for automatic testing of source codes written by students on the server to assist their self-learning. In JPLAS, a teacher needs to register each Java programming assignment with a statement, a reference source code, and a test code. Then, students should write source codes by referring this statement and the test code so that their source codes can be tested automatically at the server by a testing software tool called JUnit with the test code. Unfortunately, the current JPLAS is not friendly to students who have difficulty in reading the log message from JUnit that contains the information on the errors in the source code. In this paper, we implement the error code highlighting function to help such students to find erroneous lines in the code by highlighting them graphically. We evaluate the effectiveness of this function through an experiment for 42 students who are currently taking the Java programming class.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists, IMECS 2012
EditorsJon Burgstone, S. I. Ao, Craig Douglas, W. S. Grundfest
PublisherNewswood Limited
Pages230-235
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789881925169
ISBN (Print)9789881925114
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012
Event2012 World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, WCECS 2012 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2012Oct 26 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science
Volume1
ISSN (Print)2078-0958

Other

Other2012 World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, WCECS 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period10/24/1210/26/12

Keywords

  • Error code highlighting
  • JPLAS
  • Java programming education
  • Test-driven development method
  • Web system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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    Funabiki, N., Fukuyama, Y., Matsushima, Y., Nakanishi, T., & Watanabe, K. (2012). An error code highlighting function in Java programming learning assistant system using test-driven development method. In J. Burgstone, S. I. Ao, C. Douglas, & W. S. Grundfest (Eds.), International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists, IMECS 2012 (pp. 230-235). (Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science; Vol. 1). Newswood Limited.