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Alan Blackwell

PPIG members who attended the 2010 conference will remember the discussion of a practical course oriented toward research skills in Psychology of Programming. I can now report on the experience of a first year teaching that syllabus.

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We welcome announcements and introductions about your current research, projects, openings and stuff interesting for the PPIG-community.

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Jens Bennedsen

I am pleased to inform you of a recent book published by Springer-Verlag as Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4821, State-of-the-Art Survey:

Reflections on the Teaching of Programming - Methods and Implementations
by Jens Bennedsen, Michael E. Caspersen, Michael Kölling (Eds.)
Forword by David Gries

General information about the book is available from the publisher, Springer.

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Jorge Aranda

Jorge Aranda, from the University of Toronto, recently told us that he has presented a paper that he co-authored at the Requirements Engineering 07 conference. In a study of seven small companies it was found, among other things, that their practices seemed to depend considerably on the context in which they operated; and we observed that practices should not be prescribed generally, but with context in mind.

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Johanna Hunt discusses a DoJo

Taking the example of groups elsewhere we have set up a Coding Dojo in Brighton, UK. In the two-hour fortnightly session, up to twelve developers take turns solving a programming problem.

The rules of the Dojo are quite simple. The meeting room has one computer attached to a projector. The ringmaster explains the challenge for the week. Two programmers are selected to address the problem, one acting as the driver and one the navigator.

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Saeed Dehnadi

We (me and Richard Bornat) seem to have a test that predicts ability to program with very high accuracy before the subjects have ever seen a program or a programming language. we have a test which picks out the population that can program, before the course begins. We can pick apart the double hump.

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Interview: Professor Jorma Sajaniemi

By Chris Douce

There is one group of researchers that have been attending PPIG workshops with reassuring regularity.

Hailing from the University of Joensuu, Finland, the Finnish Group have carried out psychology of programming research using a number of different approaches and methods. They have adopted the engineering approach by developing tools to support programmers, have explored the sometimes controversial issue of programmer testing and entered the world of program understanding by carrying out experiments using eye-tracking systems.

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Enda Dunican

I am conducting research entitled 'Grounded Theory Study of Novice Programming Students in Irish Third-Level Educational Institutions'

I am engaging in a qualitative study of novice computer programming using the Grounded Theory research method. Data collection will comprise three methods:

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Sebastian Jekutsch

Sebastian's research topic is entitled: Investigating programmer's work to analyse defect insertions

With more extensible and more integrated programming environments at hand (e.g. [1]), and with growing insights into the dynamics of programming (e.g. [2], [3]) we started a project with the aim of automatically observing a programmer's behaviour to predict defective code.

We assume that code defects are actively being built into software, because

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Programmers as Reflective Practitioners

Andree Woodcock

The Design Institute, Coventry University

We have been awarded a small research grant to open up investigation of whether programmers are 'reflective practitioners'. We are focussing on those programmers who could be described as 'software authors'. Those who originate a software concept, and then design, code and test it, fit into this category. A good example being the shareware games author.

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