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My thesis will produce a software framework that can be used by programmers to solve problems in a paticular domain. One of the case studies I want to do to verify the contribution I'm making is to have some measure of usability of the framework. I'm looking for techniques to test a software framework that will be used by other programmers, not so much end users. When including 'usability' in my searches the results lead to end-user UX/UI usability.

I ultimately want to run a test where one or a few programmer try to use the framework on a given problem. To help make sure the test has usable results I want to plan the strategy before hand and first consider existing techniques. But finding existing research or tests about usability of code libraries/frameworks is difficult to find.

Please let me know if you can think of a way to validate the usability of my software framework.

Thanks for reading my question

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  • $\begingroup$ Is there a specific reason "generic" usability metrics (i.e., effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction) would not apply in your setting? $\endgroup$ – dkaeae Jun 7 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ While not off-topic here, this question may receive better answers on either User Experience or Software Engineering. However, please do not post the same question on multiple sites (so delete it here if you decide to post it elsewhere). Each community should have an honest shot at answering without anybody's time being wasted. $\endgroup$ – Discrete lizard Jun 7 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ @dkaeae I'm looking for applications of those generic metrics applied to a software framework to help me back up the claim that doing such tests would actually be reliable, usable and trustworthy. I don't want to run into problems later down the line once the test(s) have been done $\endgroup$ – marita3952 Jun 7 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Discretelizard Any way I can cross-post this question there directly without making a new question there? $\endgroup$ – marita3952 Jun 7 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ @marita3952 No. I mean, I can migrate this question if you really want to (which is mainly useful to move answers together with the question), but if there are no answers yet, it is a lot easier if you just copy the question and delete it here. $\endgroup$ – Discrete lizard Jun 7 at 17:38

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