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First Programming Language in Introductory Programming Courses, Role of

  • Stelios XinogalosEmail author
  • Tomáš Pitner
  • Miloš Savić
  • Mirjana Ivanović
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60013-0_217-1

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Introduction

The Introduction to Programming is an important field and at least one course with this or a similar title exists in all Computer Science (CS) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) bachelor studies (Moritz and Blank 2005). A programming language selected for such a course should provide a notion in which to express algorithms, techniques, and data structures and focus on teaching programming and acquiring programming skills (Goosen et al. 2007). Computer science is a theoretical, as well as a practical discipline, and usually it deals with the science of computation, art, and craft. So, it is extremely important to learn an appropriate programming language (PL) in the first course in computer science.

Different factors and concerns (Ali and Smith 2014) influence the choice of the first programming language (FPL) for CS and ICT studies, and it is extremely important to differentiate key...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stelios Xinogalos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tomáš Pitner
    • 2
  • Miloš Savić
    • 3
  • Mirjana Ivanović
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied Informatics, School of Information SciencesUniversity of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Computer Systems and Communications, Faculty of InformaticsMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of Novi Sad Novi SadSerbia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bill Davey
    • 1
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia