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OASIcs, Volume 67

9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)



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PLATEAU 2018, November 5, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Titus Barik
Joshua Sunshine
Sarah Chasins

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  • published at: 2019-01-29
  • Publisher: Schloss-Dagstuhl - Leibniz Zentrum für Informatik
  • ISBN: 978-3-95977-091-0
  • DBLP: db/conf/oopsla/plateau2018

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Complete Volume
OASIcs, Volume 67, PLATEAU'18, Complete Volume

Authors: Titus Barik, Joshua Sunshine, and Sarah Chasins


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OASIcs, Volume 67, PLATEAU'18, Complete Volume

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Titus Barik, Joshua Sunshine, and Sarah Chasins. OASIcs, Volume 67, PLATEAU'18, Complete Volume. In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@Proceedings{barik_et_al:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018,
  title =	{{OASIcs, Volume 67, PLATEAU'18, Complete Volume}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-102301},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018},
  annote =	{Keywords: Software and its engineering, Software notations and tools, Human-centered computing, Human computer interaction (HCI)}
}
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Front Matter
Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization

Authors: Titus Barik, Joshua Sunshine, and Sarah Chasins


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Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization

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Titus Barik, Joshua Sunshine, and Sarah Chasins. Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization. In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, pp. 0:i-0:x, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{barik_et_al:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.0,
  author =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  title =	{{Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  pages =	{0:i--0:x},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.0},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101938},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.0},
  annote =	{Keywords: Front Matter, Table of Contents, Preface, Conference Organization}
}
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A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Polyglot Programming in a Database Context

Authors: Phillip Merlin Uesbeck and Andreas Stefik


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Using more than one programming language in the same project is common practice. Often, additional languages might be introduced to projects to solve specific issues. While the practice is common, it is unclear whether it has an impact on developer productivity. In this paper, we present a pilot study investigating what happens when programmers switch between programming languages. The experiment is a repeated measures double-blind randomized controlled trial with 3 groups with various kinds of code switching in a database context. Results provide a rigorous testing methodology that can be replicated by us or others and a theoretical backing for why these effects might exist from the linguistics literature.

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Phillip Merlin Uesbeck and Andreas Stefik. A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Polyglot Programming in a Database Context. In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, pp. 1:1-1:8, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{uesbeck_et_al:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.1,
  author =	{Uesbeck, Phillip Merlin and Stefik, Andreas},
  title =	{{A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Polyglot Programming in a Database Context}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  pages =	{1:1--1:8},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.1},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101999},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.1},
  annote =	{Keywords: human-factors, randomized controlled trial, polyglot programming}
}
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Understanding Java Usability by Mining GitHub Repositories

Authors: Mark J. Lemay


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There is a need for better empirical methods in programming language design. This paper addresses that need by demonstrating how, by observing publicly available Java source code, we can infer usage and usability issues with the Java language. In this study, 1,746 GitHub projects were analyzed and some basic usage facts are reported.

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Mark J. Lemay. Understanding Java Usability by Mining GitHub Repositories. In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, pp. 2:1-2:9, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{lemay:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.2,
  author =	{Lemay, Mark J.},
  title =	{{Understanding Java Usability by Mining GitHub Repositories}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  pages =	{2:1--2:9},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.2},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101972},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.2},
  annote =	{Keywords: programming languages, usability, data mining}
}
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Programming by Example: Efficient, but Not "Helpful"

Authors: Mark Santolucito, Drew Goldman, Allyson Weseley, and Ruzica Piskac


Abstract
Programming by example (PBE) is a powerful programming paradigm based on example driven synthesis. Users can provide examples, and a tool automatically constructs a program that satisfies the examples. To investigate the impact of PBE on real-world users, we built a study around StriSynth, a tool for shell scripting by example, and recruited 27 working IT professionals to participate. In our study we asked the users to complete three tasks with StriSynth, and the same three tasks with PowerShell, a traditional scripting language. We found that, although our participants completed the tasks more quickly with StriSynth, they reported that they believed PowerShell to be a more helpful tool.

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Mark Santolucito, Drew Goldman, Allyson Weseley, and Ruzica Piskac. Programming by Example: Efficient, but Not "Helpful". In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, pp. 3:1-3:10, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{santolucito_et_al:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.3,
  author =	{Santolucito, Mark and Goldman, Drew and Weseley, Allyson and Piskac, Ruzica},
  title =	{{Programming by Example: Efficient, but Not "Helpful"}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  pages =	{3:1--3:10},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.3},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101984},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: user study, scripting, programming by example}
}
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QDB: From Quantum Algorithms Towards Correct Quantum Programs

Authors: Yipeng Huang and Margaret Martonosi


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With the advent of small-scale prototype quantum computers, researchers can now code and run quantum algorithms that were previously proposed but not fully implemented. In support of this growing interest in quantum computing experimentation, programmers need new tools and techniques to write and debug QC code. In this work, we implement a range of QC algorithms and programs in order to discover what types of bugs occur and what defenses against those bugs are possible in QC programs. We conduct our study by running small-sized QC programs in QC simulators in order to replicate published results in QC implementations. Where possible, we cross-validate results from programs written in different QC languages for the same problems and inputs. Drawing on this experience, we provide a taxonomy for QC bugs, and we propose QC language features that would aid in writing correct code.

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Yipeng Huang and Margaret Martonosi. QDB: From Quantum Algorithms Towards Correct Quantum Programs. In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, pp. 4:1-4:14, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{huang_et_al:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.4,
  author =	{Huang, Yipeng and Martonosi, Margaret},
  title =	{{QDB: From Quantum Algorithms Towards Correct Quantum Programs}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  pages =	{4:1--4:14},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.4},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101962},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.4},
  annote =	{Keywords: correctness, debugging}
}
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Identifying Barriers to Adoption for Rust through Online Discourse

Authors: Anna Zeng and Will Crichton


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Rust is a low-level programming language known for its unique approach to memory-safe systems programming and for its steep learning curve. To understand what makes Rust difficult to adopt, we surveyed the top Reddit and Hacker News posts and comments about Rust; from these online discussions, we identified three hypotheses about Rust's barriers to adoption. We found that certain key features, idioms, and integration patterns were not easily accessible to new users.

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Anna Zeng and Will Crichton. Identifying Barriers to Adoption for Rust through Online Discourse. In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, pp. 5:1-5:6, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{zeng_et_al:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.5,
  author =	{Zeng, Anna and Crichton, Will},
  title =	{{Identifying Barriers to Adoption for Rust through Online Discourse}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  pages =	{5:1--5:6},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.5},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101954},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.5},
  annote =	{Keywords: rust, programming language usability}
}
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Observing the Uptake of a Language Change Making Strings Immutable

Authors: Manuel Maarek


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To address security concerns, a major change was introduced to the OCaml language and compiler which made strings immutable and introduced array of bytes as replacement for mutable strings. The change is progressively being pushed so that ultimately strings will be immutable. We have investigated the way OCaml package developers undertook the change. In this paper we report on a preliminary observation of software code from the main OCaml package management system. For this purpose we instrumented versions of the OCaml compiler to get precise information into the uptake of safe strings.

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Manuel Maarek. Observing the Uptake of a Language Change Making Strings Immutable. In 9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 67, pp. 6:1-6:8, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{maarek:OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.6,
  author =	{Maarek, Manuel},
  title =	{{Observing the Uptake of a Language Change Making Strings Immutable}},
  booktitle =	{9th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU 2018)},
  pages =	{6:1--6:8},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-091-0},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{67},
  editor =	{Barik, Titus and Sunshine, Joshua and Chasins, Sarah},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.6},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-101947},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.PLATEAU.2018.6},
  annote =	{Keywords: software evolution, programming language evaluation, immutability, secure programming}
}

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