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A cognitive approach to program understanding

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3 Author(s)
Bertels, K. ; Namur Univ., Belgium ; Vanneste, P. ; De Backer, C.

A method of program understanding is presented, based on a cognitive model of programming knowledge, and incorporating the basic concepts, structures, and strategies used by human expert programmers. The approach involves the generation of a high-level description of the program with, as main advantages, the use of abstraction and robustness with respect to conceptual errors. The use of abstraction permits the transcending of any syntactical variation and allows focusing on the semantics. This also potentially allows the analysis of larger programs. The method can cope with erroneous code, and can generate a precise description of the bug(s) involved. The method is useful for integration in a tutoring system for programming

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Reverse Engineering, 1993., Proceedings of Working Conference on

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21-23 May 1993