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The effectiveness of control structure diagrams in source code comprehension activities

Hendrix, D ; Cross, J.H ; Maghsoodloo, S

IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 2002-05, Vol.28 (5), p.463-477 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The effectiveness of control structure diagrams in source code comprehension activities
  • Author: Hendrix, D ; Cross, J.H ; Maghsoodloo, S
  • Subjects: Performance evaluation ; Computer science ; Software libraries ; Statistical analysis ; Data visualization ; Computer graphics ; Software engineering ; Computer programming ; Research ; Computer software industry ; Software ; Experiments
  • Is Part Of: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 2002-05, Vol.28 (5), p.463-477
  • Description: Recently, the first two in a series of planned comprehension experiments were performed to measure the effect of the control structure diagram (CSD) on program comprehensibility. Upper- and lower-division computer science and software engineering students were asked to respond to questions regarding the structure and execution of one source code module of a public domain graphics library. The time taken for each response and the correctness of each response was recorded. Statistical analysis of the data collected from these two experiments revealed that the CSD was highly significant in enhancing the subjects' performance in this program comprehension task. The results of these initial experiments promise to shed light on fundamental questions regarding the effect of software visualizations on program comprehensibility.
  • Publisher: New York: IEEE
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0098-5589
    EISSN: 1939-3520
    DOI: 10.1109/TSE.2002.1000450
    CODEN: IESEDJ
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