Bumps in the Code: Error Handling during Software Development

Lopez, Tamara; Sharp, Helen; Petre, Marian and Nuseibeh, Bashar (2020). Bumps in the Code: Error Handling during Software Development. IEEE Software (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/MS.2020.3024981

Abstract

Problems come up during software development all the time. When developers hit these bumps, situations can be surprising and new, and they must figure out what — if anything — has gone wrong. Error handling often resolves small, immediate concerns, however, findings from three ethnographically-informed studies suggest that the way developers experience errors has implications for professional growth and development. Through these experiences, developers refine ideas, strengthen collective practice, and learn.

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