Mental imagery in program design and visual programming

@article{Petre1999MentalII,
  title={Mental imagery in program design and visual programming},
  author={Marian Petre and Alan F. Blackwell},
  journal={Int. J. Hum.-Comput. Stud.},
  year={1999},
  volume={51},
  pages={7-30}
}
There is widespread anecdotal evidence that expert programmers make use of visual mental images when they are designing programs. This evidence is used to justify the use of diagrams and visual programming languages during software design. This paper reports the results of two studies. In the "rst, expert programmers were directly questioned regarding the nature of their mental representations while they were engaged in a design task. This investigative technique was used with the explicit… CONTINUE READING
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