Andrea Trentini

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In this article we're going to describe a tool that we've created to help OO newcomers understand the class/instance relationship, inheritance between classes and linking between automatically converting an object graph into HTML. The tool we've created is based on the "circlegram" idea used by almost every object-oriented teacher during conventional "chalk and blackboard" lessons. Our work at the computer science department of Milano-Bicocca University in Italy is a mix of software design, programming and teaching. We use Unified Modeling Language (UML) for design, Java for programming and blackboards for teaching. When we teach, we also sometimes use overheads/slides. "So what?" you may say, "every teacher in the world does the same...." Right, but we have an added problem: we have to teach Java and general OO (object-oriented) concepts to students at... (more)