Tracing COBOL programs- What can your students gain?

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Title: Tracing COBOL programs- What can your students gain?
Author: Etlinger, Henry
Abstract: In many introductory programming courses, students are urged to trace programs in a textbook to see if they understand how the programs work. In addition, students may have to trace simple programs on a test (a typical question calls for a display of a program's output). As a student confronts more and more complex language features, and as examples become more lengthy, the tracing idea seems to fall by the wayside. We expect a student to understand complex programs, but we don't seem to offer any practical guidance about how this understanding may be achieved.
Description: NECC '84 6th Annual National Educational Computing Conference Proceedings, Dayton, Ohio, June 13-15, 1984, pp. 234-238.
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Date: 1981

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