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A study of breakpoints types

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Electronic information and consent form regarding participation

This information and consent form was approved on February 5, 2021 by the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (CER-UQAC). Reference No: 2021-690.

We are asking for your participation in a research project entitled: A study of breakpoints types.

However, before giving your consent to participate in this project, please take the time to read, understand and carefully consider the following information. In addition, we invite you to ask any questions you deem useful to the researcher responsible for the project or to the other members assigned to this research project and to ask them to explain to you any word or information that is not clear.

  1. Presentation of the researchers

- Researcher responsible for the project: Eduardo Andreetta Fontana - master student in Masters in Computer at University of Quebec at Chicoutimi - UQAC;

- Research director: Fabio Petrillo (professor at the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at UQAC)

  1. Funding

This project is not funded.

  1. Project description and objective (s)

This questionnaire was created to identify the degree of understanding of professionals involved in software development in relation to the definitions and diversity of breakpoints types found in the IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) of software development. The results of this investigation will be used to contribute to the organization and improvement of the nomenclatures of the various breakpoints types, as well as assist companies developing IDEs in better organizing and documenting the functionalities related to breakpoints types.

All information provided by completing this questionnaire will be kept confidential. In particular, we do not intend to judge you as an individual or professional, we are only interested in deepening our knowledge of breakpoint types.

  1. Process

To participate in this questionnaire, you must complete an online questionnaire. We ask a set of questions structured according to the categories:

  • General information about the respondent (demographic questions);
  • Discursive questions about the developers understanding of the different breakpoints types;
  • Objective questions about understanding the definitions of the different breakpoints types used in the IDE documentation;

Answering the questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes.

  1. Inclusion and exclusion criteria

To be able to answer the questionnaire, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Adult people who have experience using IDE (Integrated Development Environment);
  • Adult people who have experience using breakpoints.

If you meet one of the criteria below, you must not answer the questionnaire:

  • Anyone who has no experience using IDE (Integrated Development Environment);
  • Anyone who has no experience using breakpoints;
  • Anyone who refuses to answer the questionnaire.
  1. Risks and Benefits

The research project does not entail any foreseeable risk or disadvantage for the respondent, apart from devoting the necessary time estimated at 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire. There may be a professional or personal benefit to you from participating in this research project, but this cannot be guaranteed. Moreover, the results obtained will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

  1. Confidentiality, dissemination and conservation

This questionnaire is submitted to you through an online questionnaire tool hosted at UQAC. In doing so, access to the data is subject to Canadian Access to Information Law. In addition, the questionnaire does not ask for any personal information and no IP address will be collected. Access to the participant's identity is impossible for anyone, even for members of the research team, and not even through the data collection mediated by the questionnaire tool used.

All data collected will be stored in UQAC's servers, the confidentiality guarantees of which are explained at the following internet address: https://www.uqac.ca/direction_services/secretariat_general/manuel/3/070.pdf. All the data collected will be stored at UQAC in the office of the research director and then destroyed after 7 years using secure methods and adapted to the format of the tools used.

The results of this research will be disseminated in a research thesis or in a scientific article accessible through the digital institutional repository of UQAC. During the analysis period, the data will be securely stored on the student's computer. After analysis, the data will be disseminated in a compiled form using graphs or tables. The compiled data will be published in conference or journal scientific articles.

  1. Compensation

No remuneration or compensation is offered.

  1. Voluntary participation and right to withdraw from the study

Your participation in this research project is voluntary. You are therefore free to refuse to participate by not answering the questionnaire. In addition, you can refuse to answer any questions you are not comfortable with. To do this, leave the question blank or check the alternative corresponding to “I don't want to answer”. Your participation or not in the research project will not affect your grades if you are a student or research director. If you give up on answering the questionnaire, you can close the browser tab; doing this, your data will not be sent.

There is no possibility to withdraw from the study once your answers have been submitted because it is impossible to trace your questionnaire since no personal data is requested on the questionnaire. In no case does the consent to participate in research imply that the participant waives his legal rights nor relieves the researchers, promoters or institutions involved of their legal and professional responsibilities.

  1. Responsible researcher commitment and resource persons

The researcher responsible for this research project agrees, with the research team, to respect what has been agreed in the information and consent form. In addition, if you have any questions regarding the research project or if you experience a problem that you believe relates to your participation in the research project, you can contact to one or the other of the persons indicated at the following coordinates: fabio_petrillo@uqac.ca (prof. Fabio Petrillo) or eduardo.andreetta-fontana1@uqac.ca (student Eduardo Andreetta Fontana).

For any ethical questions concerning your participation in this research project, you can contact the coordinator of the Research Ethics Committee at the following coordinates: 418 545-5011 ext. 4704 (toll free: 1-800-463 -9880 ext. 4704) or cer@uqac.ca.

  1. Participant's consent

I have read the above information and understand its contents. Therefore, my participation is voluntary and I consent to my answers being used for the purposes of this research project.