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Abstract

Software is inherently abstract and has no natural representation except source code. Thus, especially for program comprehension, visualizations are important. Sketches are an example for informal visualizations that are often created when understanding or explaining source code. In the past, however, these informal artifacts did not get the amount of attention by the software engineering research community that their relevance in software development practice could imply. With our proposed study, we want to analyse if and how sketching improves program comprehension when explaining source code. Furthermore, we want to gain a better understanding of what sketches are used in what way to explain the source code.

Publication

Effects of Sketching on Program Comprehension (Research Plan).
Sebastian Baltes and Stefan Wagner.
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming (XP 2016)
Acceptance rate: 38% (5/13).
PreprintarXiv

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