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An Interactive Introductory Programming Environment Using a Scripting Language
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, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Abstract: This paper provides the rationale and description of a unique programming environment to teach the fundamental concepts of programming to introductory students using either VBScript or JavaScript. The environment is intended for courses preceding the first programming course in computer science. Students compose and execute scripts from within a text editor that has been configured to invoke the Windows Script Host (VBScript), or a web browser (JavaScript). The advantages of using a scripting language are many: text-based code-writing requires students to construct each programming component rather than using drag-and-drop strategies; the syntax is friendlier; the interpreted environment encourages comprehension and debugging skills; the scripts may be executed directly or embedded within an HTML file and viewed in a browser. A complete description and downloadable sample files may be found at http://www.uwsp.edu/cis/dgibbs/EDMEDIA2002/index.htm.

Citation

Gibbs, D. (2002). An Interactive Introductory Programming Environment Using a Scripting Language. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 610-611). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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