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Block-C: A block-based visual environment for supporting the teaching of C programming language to novices

Kyfonidis, Charalampos and Moumoutzis, Nektarios and Christodoulakis, Stavros (2015) Block-C: A block-based visual environment for supporting the teaching of C programming language to novices. In: 9th International Conference "New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education" (NHIBE 2015). UNSPECIFIED, pp. 160-166. ISBN 9789609988995

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Abstract

Many barriers exist for novice programmers when confronted with the C programming language, such as its low level orientation, cryptic syntax and ambiguous compiler error messages. This paper presents the design and development of a block-based visual shell for the C programming language following the recognition over recall design pattern to eliminate syntax errors and enable the effective internalization of C programming language constructs. The evaluation studies provide evidence of the effectiveness of this shell, in tutorial/lab settings without the presence of human tutors.