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Why looking isn't always seeing: readership skills and graphical programming

By Marian Petre

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 38 No. 6, Pages 33-44
10.1145/203241.203251


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Many believe that visual programming techniques are quite close to developers. This article reports on some fascinating research focusing on understanding how textual and visual representations for software differ in effectiveness. Among other things, it is determined that the differences lie not so much in the textual-visual distinction as in the degree to which specific representations support the conventions experts expect.

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