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ABSTRACT: In this paper we discuss a pilot user study that compares the use of two integrated development environments (IDEs), Eclipse and Gild, by novice programmers. Gild is a perspective for Eclipse that is intended to be more suitable for first-year students who are learning how to program in Java. This study focuses on qualitative and quantitative measures; the quantitative measures include: effi- ciency, effectiveness, satisfaction and understanding. Two statisti- cally significant results are obtained from the satisfaction measure, in particular: the frustration level and the overall level of satisfac- tion. The mean differences for the remaining measures indicate that Gild was more suitable for novices than Eclipse. Qualitative analy- sis yields suggestions for improvement for both interfaces and also identifies areas of success.
Proceedings of the 2005 OOPSLA workshop on Eclipse Technology eXchange, ETX 2005, San Diego, California, USA, October 16-17, 2005; 01/2005