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Costa Neto, Alvaro ; Araújo, Cristiana ; Pereira, Maria João Varanda ; Henriques, Pedro Rangel

Programmers' Affinity to Languages

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Students face several challenges when learning computer programming languages, a central topic to acquire programming skills. While those challenges that present a predominantly technical nature have been intensely studied by researchers along the years, the ones that are concerned with qualitative, and personal aspects have not. Affinity to a programming language is one of the many personal factors that may contribute to surpass these qualitative aspects that describe the difficulties that students face. From this point-of-view, this paper presents a proposal for treating and studying programmers' affinity to programming languages as an important factor for learning computer programming. It also reports a preliminary questionnaire conducted on a master’s degree class at Universidade do Minho that showed that affinity may have a broader relation to learning computer programming than anticipated. Finally, a set of relevant questions are stated to compose a future inquiry aimed at deepening the knowledge on the affinity between programmers and languages, paving the way for following research.

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  author =	{Costa Neto, Alvaro and Ara\'{u}jo, Cristiana and Pereira, Maria Jo\~{a}o Varanda and Henriques, Pedro Rangel},
  title =	{{Programmers' Affinity to Languages}},
  booktitle =	{Second International Computer Programming Education Conference (ICPEC 2021)},
  pages =	{3:1--3:7},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-194-8},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2021},
  volume =	{91},
  editor =	{Henriques, Pedro Rangel and Portela, Filipe and Queir\'{o}s, Ricardo and Sim\~{o}es, Alberto},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-142192},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.ICPEC.2021.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: Computer programming, Programming Languages, Affinity, Education, Learning}

Keywords: Computer programming, Programming Languages, Affinity, Education, Learning
Collection: Second International Computer Programming Education Conference (ICPEC 2021)
Issue Date: 2021
Date of publication: 01.07.2021

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