A Study of Tool Support for the Evaluation of Programming Exercises

Heinz Dobler, Rudolf Ramler, Klaus Wolfmaier

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To foster the process of learning to program, theory and exercises are necessary. Traditionally, manual review of the source is used to provide feed-back for the solutions. The effort is substantial and identified problems are prone to subjective interpretation. We study static analysis and testing tools as an enhancement to reviews and discuss the benefits. We analyze our findings by comparing the results from analysis by cross-checking the outcomes of the different tools with each other, with the tutors’ remarks, and with the course outcome additionally taking into account final examination results. The effort was substantial and it turned out, that the tools are no replacement for manual review. Tool support is an enhancement due to localization of problem areas, accurate check of programming rules, and an efficient way to detect plagiarism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Systems Theory - EUROCAST 2007 - 11th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherIUCTC Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783540758662
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventInternational Conference Computer Aided Systems Theory EUROCAST 2007 - Las Palmas, Spain
Duration: 12 Feb 200717 Feb 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4739 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference Computer Aided Systems Theory EUROCAST 2007
CityLas Palmas
Internet address


  • software tools
  • static program analysis


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