Visualization of object-oriented (Java) programs

C. Huizing, R. Kuiper, C.A.A.M. Luijten, V. Vandalon

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We provide an explicit, consistent, execution model for OO programs, specifically Java, together with a tool that visualizes the model This equips the student with a model to think and communicate about OO programs. Especially for an e-learning situation this is significant. Firstly, such a model supports the interaction with teachers and provides a sound basis for the understanding of other e-learning material concerning programming. Secondly, the tool supports acquiring proficiency with the model in an e-learning setting by giving precise information to hone his/her conceptualization of program execution. The model is advanced in that it accommodates multi-threading. The tool is flexible in that it directly uses the Java Virtual Machine for the visualization: extensions and adaptations can thus make use of the information the actual execution provides. A case in point is modeling the execution of code involving user interaction through the Graphic User Interface library. We consider several options here. Keywords: Object-oriented programming; Program visualization
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2012), 16-18 april 2012, Porto, Portugal
EditorsM. Helfert, M.J. Martins, J. Cordeiro
PublisherSciTePress Digital Library
ISBN (Print)978-989-8565-06-8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2012) - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 16 Apr 201218 Apr 2012
Conference number: 4


Conference4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2012)
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2012
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