The Stores Model of Code Cognition

Douce, Christopher (2008). The Stores Model of Code Cognition. In: Psychology of Programming Interest Group, 10-12 Sep 2008, Lancaster University, UK.

URL: http://www.ppig.org/papers/20th-douce.pdf

Abstract

Program comprehension is perhaps one of the oldest topics within the psychology of programming. It addresses a central issue: how programmers work with and manipulate source code to construct effective software systems. Models can play an important role in understanding the challenges developers and engineers contend with. This paper presents a model of program comprehension, or code cognition, which has been derived from literature found within the disciplines of computing and psychology. Drawing on direct experimentation, this paper argues that a model of code cognition should take account of the visual, spatial and linguistic abilities of developers. The strengths and weaknesses of this model are discussed and further research directions presented.

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