On the quality of examples in introductory Java textbooks

Jürgen Börstler, Marie Nordström, James Paterson

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In this article we report on a study in which experienced educators evaluated the quality of object-oriented example programs for novices from popular Java textbooks. The evaluation was accomplished using an online checklist that elicited responses on the technical, object-oriented, and didactic quality of examples.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • textbooks
  • courseware
  • assessment
  • example programs


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