Debugging Block-Based Programs

  • Marilyn Tenorio Melenje MaríaEmail author
  • María Alejandra Trujillo
  • Julio Ariel Hurtado Alegría
  • Cesar Collazos
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 847)


The learning programming is an arduous and complex process, which is why many individuals leave it quickly. One of the most frustrating tasks in this process is the debugging of the programs, which consists of understanding, locating and solving a bug. In this work two studies are carried out to extract the main strategies and resources used by teams of children to debug programs based on the block paradigm. The first study, from secondary sources, is a review of the literature from which it is conceptualized about the purification, its strategies and resources used. The second study, based on primary sources, is a case study in which the debugging strategies that a group of children implicitly use to understand, locate, and solve bugs are explored of programs not made by them. The studies have allowed to establish a set of strategies and resources, as well as a life cycle for the debugging of block-based programs.


Errors Bugs Reviews Debugging Quality Unreachable code Fail Failure Testing Test Test case Oracle Early childhood 



This work was carried out thanks to the financing of the project ID 4625 Semilleros de Investigación Convocatoria 07-2018 of Innovation Cauca and to the collaboration of the Técnico Industrial School of the City of Popayán.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Semillero IRIS Universidad del CaucaPopayánColombia
  2. 2.Grupo IDIS, Universidad del CaucaPopayánColombia

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