Using concept maps to evaluate the usability of APIs

Jens Gerken, Hans-Christian Jetter, Harald Reiterer

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Abstract

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are the interfaces to existing code structures, such as widgets, frameworks, or toolkits. Therefore, they very much do have an impact on the quality of the resulting system. So ensuring that developers can make the most out of them is an important challenge. However standard usability evaluation methods as known from HCI have limitations in grasping the interaction between developer and API - the GUI, which makes this interaction obvious, is missing. In this paper we present a longitudinal approach using concept maps and a question diary to make this interaction visible and study the usability of an API over time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2010 - The 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
PublisherACM Press
Pages3937-3942
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781605589312
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventCHI 2010 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201015 Apr 2010
http://www.chi2010.org/

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceCHI 2010 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems)
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period10.04.201015.04.2010
Internet address

Keywords

  • API usability
  • Concept maps
  • Longitudinal evaluation

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