Failures

This page is intended to hold a list of examples of specific issues with usability of specific APIs. Please give enough detail so readers can understand the issue, where it happens, and the citation and URL for where it was identified, and a paper or guideline for the particular usability issue.
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Java Sockets require the use of a factory pattern, but research shows that factories are hard to use. Java 7 socket documentation Ellis, B., Stylos, J., and Myers, B. “The Factory Pattern in Api Design: A Usability Evaluation,” in International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'2007). 2007. Minneapolis, MN: pp. 302-312.  
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