The impact of syntax colouring on program comprehension

Advait Sarkar

Wepresentanempiricalstudyinvestigatingtheeffectofsyntaxhighlightingonprogram comprehension and its interaction with programming experience. Quantitative data was captured from 10 human subjects using an eye tracker during a controlled, randomised, within-subjects study. We observe that syntax highlighting significantly improves task completion time, and that this effect becomes weaker with an increase in programming experience.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG 2015 - 26th Annual Workshop
Publication Year: 2015
Paper #: 8
TitleThe impact of syntax colouring on program comprehension
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsSarkar, A
PPIG Workshop: 
2015-07-26th