Males’ and Females’ Script Debugging Strategies

  • Valentina Grigoreanu
  • James Brundage
  • Eric Bahna
  • Margaret Burnett
  • Paul ElRif
  • Jeffrey Snover
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5435)


Little research has addressed IT professionals’ script debugging strategies, or considered whether there may be gender differences in these strategies. What strategies do male and female scripters use and what kinds of mechanisms do they employ to successfully fix bugs? Also, are scripters’ debugging strategies similar to or different from those of spreadsheet debuggers? Without the answers to these questions, tool designers do not have a target to aim at for supporting how male and female scripters want to go about debugging. We conducted a think-aloud study to bridge this gap. Our results include (1) a generalized understanding of debugging strategies used by spreadsheet users and scripters, (2) identification of the multiple mechanisms scripters employed to carry out the strategies, and (3) detailed examples of how these debugging strategies were employed by males and females to successfully fix bugs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valentina Grigoreanu
    • 1
    • 2
  • James Brundage
    • 2
  • Eric Bahna
    • 2
  • Margaret Burnett
    • 1
  • Paul ElRif
    • 2
  • Jeffrey Snover
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Microsoft, One Microsoft Way, RedmondWashingtonUSA

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