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Author McKay, Don ♦ Mayer, Richard ♦ Heller, Peter ♦ Shneiderman, Ben
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Flowcharts ♦ Modification ♦ Program comprehension ♦ Experimental testing ♦ Program composition ♦ Debugging ♦ Human factors
Abstract This paper describes previous research on flowcharts and a series of controlled experiments to test the utility of detailed flowcharts as an aid to program composition, comprehension, debugging, and modification. No statistically significant difference between flowchart and nonflowchart groups has been shown, thereby calling into question the utility of detailed flowcharting. A program of further research is suggested.
Description Affiliation: Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara (Mayer, Richard) || Indiana Univ., Bloomington (McKay, Don; Heller, Peter) || Univ. of Maryland, College Park (Shneiderman, Ben)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 20
Issue Number 6
Page Count 9
Starting Page 373
Ending Page 381


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Source: ACM Digital Library