Towards a Programmer's Apprentice (Again)

TitleTowards a Programmer's Apprentice (Again)
Publication TypeCBMM Memos
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsShrobe, H, Katz, B, Davis, R
Date Published04/2015

Programmers are loathe to interrupt their workflow to document their design rationale, leading to frequent errors when software is modified—often much later and by different programmers. A Pro- grammer’s Assistant could interact with the programmer to capture and preserve design rationale, in a natural way that would make rationale capture “cost less than it’s worth”, and could also detect common flaws in program design. Such a programmer’s assistant was not practical when it was first proposed decades ago, but advances over the years make now the time to revisit the concept, as our prototype shows.



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