Exploratory Comparison of Expert and Novice Pair Programmers

  • Andreas Höfer
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-22386-0_17

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4980)
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Höfer A. (2011) Exploratory Comparison of Expert and Novice Pair Programmers. In: Huzar Z., Koci R., Meyer B., Walter B., Zendulka J. (eds) Software Engineering Techniques. CEE-SET 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4980. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


We conducted a quasi-experiment comparing novice pair programmers to expert pair programmers. The expert pairs wrote tests with a higher instruction, line, and method coverage but were slower than the novices. The pairs within both groups switched keyboard and mouse possession frequently. Furthermore, most pairs did not share the input devices equally but rather had one partner who is more active than the other.


pair programming experts and novices quasi-experiment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Höfer
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  1. 1.IPD InstituteUniversität Karlsruhe (TH)KarlsruheGermany

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