Visual programming languages for programmers with dyslexia: an experiment

Fuertes Castro, José Luis and González Alvarán, Luis Fernando and Martínez Normand, Loic Antonio (2018). Visual programming languages for programmers with dyslexia: an experiment. In: "14th International Conference on e-Science (e-Science)", 29 Oct - 01 Nov 2018, Amsterdam, Países Bajos. ISBN 978-1-5386-9156-4. pp. 145-155. https://doi.org/10.1109/eScience.2018.00030.

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Title: Visual programming languages for programmers with dyslexia: an experiment
Author/s:
  • Fuertes Castro, José Luis
  • González Alvarán, Luis Fernando
  • Martínez Normand, Loic Antonio
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 14th International Conference on e-Science (e-Science)
Event Dates: 29 Oct - 01 Nov 2018
Event Location: Amsterdam, Países Bajos
Title of Book: 2018 IEEE 14th International Conference on e-Science (e-Science)
Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5386-9156-4
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Visual programming languages; Dislexia; Alice language
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A survey of 351 programmers, including people with dyslexia, has found that programmers with dyslexia are 33.4% more productive if they use a visual programming language. This paper presents important aspects of the profile of programmers with dyslexia, introduces the most commonly used textual programming languages (TPL) by a group of programmers, classifies the 31 most common visual programming languages (VPL) for the study group, and analyzes some technical and facilitation features to support the needs of programmers with dyslexia, in five of these languages that have been considered current and relevant for the purposes of this research. The visual programming language Alice has been selected as the language to be included in a comparison experiment with the Java programming language. Results of the experiment establish preferences and levels of effectiveness of Alice against the other language, according to the performance of a group of programmers who participated in the experiment.

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Item ID: 57126
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/57126/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:57126
DOI: 10.1109/eScience.2018.00030
Official URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8588649
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 12 Nov 2019 12:43
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 12:43
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