A Preliminary Evaluation of the DiaSuite Toolset by Professional Developers

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This paper evaluates a design-driven, tool-based approach, named DiaSuite, dedicated to developing applications involving sensors and actuators. Specifically, we measure the usability and the learning cost of DiaSuite as a first step to assess the potential for transferring this technology to the industrial practice of this domain.

We assess the learning cost to use DiaSuite by involving four professional programmers in a usability study involving software engineering tasks. This experiment brings preliminary evidence that the DiaSuite technology can be used effectively by professional developers after only half a day of training.

We then present qualitative data about the usage and usability of DiaSuite, collected from developers, and using questionnaires and interviews. Finally, we discuss lessons learned from this work.