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Title: Engineering adaptive user interfaces using monitoring-oriented programming
Authors: Buhagiar, Aaron John
Pace, Gordon J.
Ebejer, Jean-Paul
Keywords: Software engineering
User interfaces (Computer systems)
Self-adaptive software
Computer programs -- Verification
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Citation: Buhagiar, A. J., Ebejer, J. P., & Pace, G. J. (2017). Engineering adaptive user interfaces using monitoring-oriented programming. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security (QRS), Prague. 200-207.
Abstract: User interfaces which adapt based on usage patterns, for example based on frequency of use of certain features, have been proposed as a means of limiting the complexity of the user interface without specialising it unnecessarily to particular user profiles. However, from a software engineering perspective, adaptive user interfaces pose a challenge in code structuring, and separation of the different layers of user interface and application state and logic can introduce interdependencies which make software development and maintenance more challenging. In this paper we explore the use of monitoring-oriented programming to add adaptive features to user interfaces, an approach which has been touted as a means of separating certain layers of logic from the main system. We evaluate the approach both using standard software engineering measures and also through a user acceptance experiment - by having a number of developers use the proposed approach to add adaptation logic to an existing application.
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