HCIL-83-03

The effect of scope delimiters on program comprehension
Sykes, F., Tillerman, R., Shneiderman, B.
1983
The effect of scope delimiters on program comprehension. Softw: Pract. Exper., 13: 817–824. doi:10.1002/spe.4380130908 [Published Version]
HCIL-83-03
Scope delimiters, such as BEGIN-END or DO-END, are used in many programming languages, but they can lengthen and clutter a program listing. This paper provides experimental evidence that ENDIF or ENDWHILE statement terminators make for easier to comprehend programs than BEGIN-END pairs surrounding compound statements.
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