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The Outside-In Method of Teaching Introductory Programming

  • Bertrand Meyer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2890)

Abstract

The new design for the introductory programming course at ETH relies on object technology, Eiffel, extensive reuse, a graphics-rich library (TRAFFIC) built specifically for the course, a textbook (“Touch of Class”) and an Outside-In approach based on “inverted curriculum” ideas. This article presents the key aspects of the approach.

Note: readers interested in following the development of our course, the “Touch of Class” textbook and the supporting TRAFFIC software project may look up the page se.inf.ethz.ch/touch, where they can also subscribe to mailing lists connected with the approach.

Keywords

Software Engineering Automatic Documentation Object Technology Program Text Class Tourism 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertrand Meyer
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  1. 1.Chair of Software EngineeringETH Zürich 
  2. 2.Eiffel SoftwareSanta Barbara
  3. 3.Monash UniversityMelbourne

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