Title

A detector for non-literal Java errors

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Novice programmers typically have problems diagnosing errors in their programs. This difficulty may be attributed in part to non-literal error messages, i.e. compiler-reported errors that do not match the actual error. Through the analysis of compilation logs, we determined the errors frequently committed by novice programmers. We then developed a detector that checks novice student code for these non-literal errors and produces more informative error reports.

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