StarLogo TNG: The Convergence of Graphical Programming and Text Processing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master's Thesis, 2006

68 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2010

Date Written: May 26, 2006

Abstract

StarLogo TNG is a robust graphical programming environment for secondary students. Despite the educational advantages of graphical programming, TNG has sustained criticism from some who object to the exclusion of a textual language. Recognizing the benefits of text processing and the power of controlling software with a keyboard, I sought to incorporate text-processing techniques into TNG's graphical language. The key component of this work is an innovation dubbed "Typeblocking," by which users construct block code through the use of a keyboard.

Keywords: programming, software, education, blocks, code, efficiency

Suggested Citation

McCaffrey, Corey, StarLogo TNG: The Convergence of Graphical Programming and Text Processing (May 26, 2006). Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master's Thesis, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1639257

Corey McCaffrey (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
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Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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