n South African Computer Journal - Reflections on coding standards in tertiary Computer Science education : festschrift : dedicated to Derrick Kourie

Volume 2008, Issue 41
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



Despite general agreement among practitioners and educators alike that the application of solid uniform coding guidelines is beneficial, the application of coding standards in computer science education seems to be problematic. Interpretive research was applied to arrive at an understanding of the attitude of leturers towards coding standards. Five aspects of coding guidelines were identified through reasoning about proposed categorisation of coding guidelines found in the literature. The viewpoints of the interviewed lecturers are discussed in terms of these aspects. Recommendations are made regarding the teaching of good programming practices in higher education.

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