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dc.contributor.authorXie, Benjamin X.
dc.contributor.authorShabir, Isra
dc.contributor.authorAbelson, Hal
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-28T12:31:30Z
dc.date.available2015-09-28T12:31:30Z
dc.date.issued2015-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/98913
dc.description.abstractMIT App Inventor is a web service that enables users with little to no previous programming experience to create mobile applications using a visual blocks language. We analyze a sample of 5,228 random projects from the corpus of 9.7 million and group projects by functionality. We then use the number of unique blocks in projects as a metric to better understand the usability and realized capability of using App Inventor to implement specific functionalities. We introduce the notion of a usability score and our results indicate that introductory tutorials heavily influence the usability of App Inventor to implement particular functionalities. Our findings suggest that the sequential nature of App Inventor’s learning resources results in users realizing only a portion of App Inventor’s capabilities and propose improvements to these learning resources that are transferable to other programming environments and tools.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Google Research and Innovation Scholarship)en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)en_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://2015.splashcon.org/event/promoto2015-measuring-the-usability-and-capability-of-app-inventor-to-create-mobile-applicationsen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alikeen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/en_US
dc.sourceAbelsonen_US
dc.titleMeasuring the Usability and Capability of App Inventor to Create Mobile Applicationsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationXie, Benjamin, Isra Shabir, and Hal Abelson. "Measuring the Usability and Capability of App Inventor to Create Mobile Applications." 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH) (October 2015).en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.approverAbelson, Halen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorXie, Benjamin X.en_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorShabir, Israen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorAbelson, Halen_US
dc.relation.journalProceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH)en_US
dc.eprint.versionAuthor's final manuscripten_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/ConferencePaperen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/NonPeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsXie, Benjamin; Shabir, Isra; Abelson, Halen_US
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0725-288X
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5328-7821
mit.licenseOPEN_ACCESS_POLICYen_US


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