Error messages for newbies survey

ixid nuaccount at
Wed Oct 10 09:25:29 PDT 2012

On Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 12:33:23 UTC, bearophile wrote:
>  From Reddit, a nice survey:
>>For my Computer Science Honours research project, I am 
>>currently investigating ways of improving the terse, technical 
>>error messages given by traditional compilers to make them more 
>>useful to novice programmers. As part of this research, I have 
>>designed this survey to help determine which types of common 
>>novice errors are inadequately reported by a traditional 
>>compiler and to gather ideas on how they should be reported to 
>>a novice.<

Maybe I'm not quite as novice as most of those errors but by far 
the most frustrating thing is unhandled exceptions as a scrub. 
You just get thrown out of the program with no idea what caused 
it to sulk and little idea how to diagnose and fix it, making 
things like stack overflows and so on really irritating as a 

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