Cognitive dimensions questionnaire applied to exploratory algorithm design

Martin, Chris J. and Hughes, Janet M. (2008). Cognitive dimensions questionnaire applied to exploratory algorithm design. In: ITiCSE '08 Proceedings of the 13th annual conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education, ACM, pp. 184–188.



In software engineering, the stage between problem realization and implementation of a solution is not well supported by technology. It is common to see work being carried out on paper or whiteboards. This paper documents a pilot study to identify some reasons as to why paper and whiteboards are useful tools in early exploratory design and exposes some questions about where technology may fit in augmenting this stage of software engineering. The cognitive dimensions questionnaire was used to investigate notations and devices used in exploratory algorithm design.

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