An empirical study of novice program comprehension in the imperative and object-oriented styles

  title={An empirical study of novice program comprehension in the imperative and object-oriented styles},
  author={Vennila Ramalingam and Susan Wiedenbeck},
  booktitle={ESP '97},
The objective of this study was to determine whether the mental representation of object-oriented programs differs from imperative programs for novice programmers. In our study novices who had little or no previous programming experience studied and answered questions about three imperative and three object-oriented programs. The questions targeted information categories making up the program model and the domain model representations of the programs. It was found that there was a sharp… CONTINUE READING
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