Teaching Contract Programming Concepts to Future Software Engineers

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Teaching Contract Programming Concepts to Future Software Engineers
Current research in software engineering at Karlstad University is concentrated on non-formal software design methods with a focus on semantics. One goal is to produce methods, which may be applied in both industry and academia. In concrete terms, ideas from contract programming, including pre- and postconditions have been introduced into the first year curriculum. This paper presents results from three surveys of first-year students in an attempt to ascertain how well the students have internalised these and other programming concepts. The results show that the majority of the students are aware of the concepts but are still at various stages of understanding. A good understanding of terminology emerges as one key area of focus for future courses. The results are a reasonable reflection of reality, given the limited time in which the students are expected to absorb these ideas, and provide feedback for further integration and development of the related programming courses.
Donald F. Ross
Added 09 Dec 2009
Updated 09 Dec 2009
Type Conference
Year 2003
Where ICSE
Authors Donald F. Ross
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