Accession Number:

ADA142224

Title:

An Informal Study of Program Comprehension.

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 1 Jun 82-31 May 83,

Corporate Author:

ADVANCED INFORMATION AND DECISION SYSTEMS MOUNTAIN VIEW CA

Report Date:

1984-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

63.0

Abstract:

This report describes work performed during the second year of research on a Program Reference Language. During this year, a study was conducted in which protocols of programmers studying a new program with the intent of debugging it were analyzed, both for the vocabulary used and for indications of strategies adopted in their efforts at program comprehension. A sampling of programmers natural vocabulary for referencing programs was gathered and analyzed. Preliminary steps were taken towards using this data as the basis for the design of a formal query language for the PRL. The study also raised some new issues bearing on the implementation systems which use the PRL individual differences imply the need for customization context-sensitive information management is important and useful user interface features were identified. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE