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Author Wortman, D. B. ♦ Cordy, J. R. ♦ Holt, R. C. ♦ Barnard, D. T.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Minicomputers ♦ Pl/i ♦ Introductory computing ♦ Programming language design ♦ High schools ♦ Community colleges ♦ Programmer education ♦ Teaching programming ♦ Sp/k ♦ Universities
Abstract SP/k is a compatible subset of the PL/I language that has been designed for teaching programming. The features of the SP/k language were chosen to encourage structured problem solving by computers, to make the language easy to learn and use, to eliminate confusing and redundant constructs, and to make the language easy to compile. The resulting language is suitable for introducing programming concepts used in various applications, including business data processing, scientific calculations and non-numeric computation. SP/k is actually a sequence of language subsets called SP/1, SP/2, … SP/8. Each subset introduces new programming language constructs while retaining all the constructs of preceding subsets. Each subset is precisely defined and can be learned or implemented without the following subsets.
Description Affiliation: Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., Canada (Holt, R. C.; Wortman, D. B.; Barnard, D. T.; Cordy, J. R.)
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 5
Page Count 9
Starting Page 301
Ending Page 309


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Source: ACM Digital Library