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A Family of Tools for Supporting the Learning of Programming

Department of Computer Science, TU Darmstadt, Hochschulstr. 10, D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany
Algorithms 2010, 3(2), 168-182;
Received: 25 February 2010 / Revised: 16 March 2010 / Accepted: 22 March 2010 / Published: 15 April 2010
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Both learning how to program and understanding algorithms or data structures are often difficult. This paper presents three complementary approaches that we employ to help our students in learning to program, especially during the first term of their study. We use a web-based programming task database as an easy and risk-free environment for taking the first steps in programming Java. The Animal algorithm visualization system is used to visualize the dynamic behavior of algorithms and data structures. We complement both approaches with tutorial videos on using the Eclipse IDE. We also report on the experiences with this combined approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: algorithm animation; Animal; programming support; WebTasks algorithm animation; Animal; programming support; WebTasks

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Rößling, G. A Family of Tools for Supporting the Learning of Programming. Algorithms 2010, 3, 168-182.

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