An Empirical Investigation of Detail Design Tools and Cognitive Style of Software Developers

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The purpose of this study is to identify what detail design tools are more productive for the different types of professional software developers. By establishing a match between the detail design tool and the cognitive style of the professional programmer, the end product (Information Systems) should be of a higher quality. Two laboratory experiments were conducted. The first experiment was with professional Software Developers; the second one was with students. The dependant variables considered in this study were the number of semantic errors and the time required to complete a design task for conditional logic. The independent variables were the ... continued below

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Flores-Rosales, Oscar May 1992.

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The purpose of this study is to identify what detail design tools are more productive for the different types of professional software developers. By establishing a match between the detail design tool and the cognitive style of the professional programmer, the end product (Information Systems) should be of a higher quality. Two laboratory experiments were conducted. The first experiment was with professional Software Developers; the second one was with students. The dependant variables considered in this study were the number of semantic errors and the time required to complete a design task for conditional logic. The independent variables were the cognitive style of the subject, the complexity of the task, and the detail design tools. Decision trees, flowcharts and pseudocode were used as detailed design tools. Field dependence was the only dimension of cognitive style that was tested.

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Flores-Rosales, Oscar. An Empirical Investigation of Detail Design Tools and Cognitive Style of Software Developers, dissertation, May 1992; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279139/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .