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gvwilson at nevex

Feb 4, 2000, 12:00 PM

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re: Programming Paradigms paper

I've put a copy of a paper by Marian Petre on the Software Carpentry web
site at:


I hope it will be of interest to people on this list. From the

...language designers everywhere aspire to a Kuhnian ideal that
paradigms are absolute: complete and exclusive, dominating and
defining every aspect of an approach...

This paper presents an alternative view of programming paradigms
based on studies of expert programmer behaviour: a view of
paradigms as selectable reference models...that evolve from
expert practice and are shaped within a programming culture.
From that vantage, it considers the implications of programming
paradigms for teaching programming.

The author is with the Open University in the United Kingdom; her email is
in the paper, and she would be grateful if you could let her know if you
cite or reference the paper.


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