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3 Author(s)
Kaiser, G.E. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Columbia Univ., New York, NY, USA ; Feiler, P.H. ; Popovich, S.S.

An environment is described, called Professor Marvel, that provides early error checking and answers questions about the program under development. The environment has a certain understanding of the systems being developed and how to use tools to produce software. It aids individual programmers and helps coordinate programming teams. The key components of Marvel are a database that stores data represented as objects, as in object-oriented languages, and a model of the development process that imposes a structure on programming activities. Marvel's support of insight and of opportunistic processing is discussed at length, as is the handling of side effects. A sample session is described.<>

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )