Bishop, Craig and Johnson, Colin G.
Roles of Variables and Program Analysis.
In: Proceedings of the 5th Finnish/Baltic Conference on Computer Science Education.
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The idea of roles of variables is to provide a vocabulary for describing the way in which variables are used by experienced programmers. This paper presents work on a system that is designed to automatically check students' role assignments in simple procedural programming. This is achieved by applying program analysis techniques, in particular program slicing and data flow analysis, to programs that students have written and annotated with role assignments.
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