Upcoming Research Talk on Empirical Findings on Effective Documentation of Object Oriented Frameworks by Ian Chai of MMU

The computer science department by way of our research group is hosting a colloquium talk (free and open to the public):

  • by: Dr. Ian Chai, Principal Lecturer at the Faculty of Computing & Informatics Multimedia University, Malaysia
  • about: Empirical Findings on Effective Documentation of Object Oriented Frameworks
  • on: July 20th, 2015, 4:15 pm
  • at: Cauerstr. 11, 91058 Erlangen, Room 01.150-128

Abstract: Object-Oriented Frameworks provide an excellent way for proven, debugged solutions to be reused for a particular domain. However, programmers new to a framework often face a steep learning curve. Therefore, good documentation is essential for framework reuse. We conducted a series of experiments in which we gave different documentation styles for the same problem to different groups of learners. Documentation styles studied include Step-by-step Documentation, Patterns, Minimalist Documentation, and JDoc. These experiments suggest some guidelines for how to document frameworks for new users.

Speaker: Dr. Ian Chai comes from Malaysia but received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 on the topic of Pedagogical Documentation of Object-Oriented Frameworks. Before commencing his Ph.D., he worked as a research programmer at FAW-Ulm, where he was baptised in the Donau and enjoyed Nabada. He currently is a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia, where he continues his research in fields related to computer education. He is married with two children.