Who, what, and how: A survey of informal and professional web developers

Mary Beth Rosson, Julie Ballin, Jochen Rode

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Abstract

We describe a survey of web developers in which we collected over 300 responses from individuals with widely varying levels of experience and training. This survey continues our studies of informal web developers, loosely defined as those who develop web sites but have not been trained as programmers. They are a growing segment of end user programmers, but very little is known about them, and this survey was aimed at helping to characterize this population. In this paper we report on survey questions probing web development projects, tool use, development process, reuse, and learning and collaboration. Throughout the discussion we compare the responses of developers who self-identify as programmers with those who do not. We use these comparisons as a basis for discussion of tools that might assist nonprogrammers in web development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2005 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
Pages199-206
Number of pages8
Volume2005
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Sep 20 2005Sep 24 2005

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Other2005 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
CountryUnited States
CityDallas, TX
Period9/20/059/24/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Rosson, M. B., Ballin, J., & Rode, J. (2005). Who, what, and how: A survey of informal and professional web developers. In Proceedings - 2005 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (Vol. 2005, pp. 199-206). [1509504] https://doi.org/10.1109/VLHCC.2005.73