A Proposal of Statement Fill-in-Blank Problem in Java Programming Learning Assistant System

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Abstract

As a reliable, portable, and practical programming language, Java has been educated in many universities and professional schools. To assist Java educations, we have developed a Web-based Java Programming Learning Assistant System (JPLAS). JPLAS provides the element fill-in-blank problem and the code writing problem. The former problem is designed for novice students to study the grammar and writing style of Java by filling correct words to the blanks in a given Java code that are automatically marked by checking coincidences with correct ones. The latter problem is for students to study writing Java codes for specifications described in natural language that are automatically verified using the test-driven development (TDD) method. Unfortunately, the transition between two problems is not smooth due to the difference in difficulties. In this paper, we propose the statement fill-in-blank problem in JPLAS to fill the gap by asking students to write one whole statement in a code where the correctness is verified by the TDD method. The blank statement is selected by generating the Program Dependence Graph (PDG) of the code and finding the statement that has the largest dependence with other ones. We verify the effectiveness of our proposal through applications to the Java programming course in our department.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IIAI 4th International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, IIAI-AAI 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages247-252
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479999583
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 6 2016
Event4th IIAI International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, IIAI-AAI 2015 - Okayama, Japan
Duration: Jul 12 2015Jul 16 2015

Other

Other4th IIAI International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics, IIAI-AAI 2015
CountryJapan
CityOkayama
Period7/12/157/16/15

Keywords

  • Java programming education
  • JPLAS
  • program dependence graph
  • statement
  • test-driven development method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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