"But it looks rightl": The bugs students don't see

David Ginat*, Owen Astrachan, Daniel D. Garcia, Mark Guzdial

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It is not rare that programming students are surprised when they encounter bugs in their program, which "looks completely right". Such a phenomenon expresses lack of awareness of analysis, design, and testing habits, which yield undesirable outcomes. The special session will focus on various programming aspects that may look seemingly right to students, but yield a buggy, wrong result. Various aspects will be displayed, illustrated, and discussed with the audience, in order to better understand the characteristics of bugs and ways of coping with them in our teaching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-285
Number of pages2
JournalSIGCSE Bulletin (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Event35th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - Norfolk, VA, United States
Duration: 3 Mar 20047 Mar 2004


  • Pedagogy
  • Student Errors


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