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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 34 No. 5, pp. 1203-1221

An Automated Assessment System for Analysis of Coding Convention Violations in Java Programming Assignments

Department of Information Engineering and Computer science
Feng Chia University
Taichung, 40724 Taiwan
E-mail: fhmchen, d0239867, gjl840311g@mail.fcu.edu.tw

  Coding conventions are a set of coding guidelines used by software developers to improve the readability of source code and increase software maintainability. Understanding coding conventions has become an indispensable discipline in software engineering; however, many university-level programming courses fail to prepare their students in this regard. In this study, we examined the distribution of coding convention violations in the assignments of programming courses where coding conventions are neglected. We then developed an automated system by which students can submit their programs and obtain immediate feedback on their coding assignments. Moreover, the system reduces the workload on instructors by providing insight into the quality of the code presented by students.

Keywords: code quality, coding convention, program assessment, code readability, software maintainability, software engineering

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