Error detection and reporting in StarLogo Nova block-based programming language
Author(s)Belland, Michael D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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StarLogo Nova is a program where users can create 3D games and simulations by connecting drag-and-drop blocks to create programs. Although the structure of the blocks prevents a class of syntax errors common with typed languages, there is no system in place to catch semantic errors like type errors that most compilers detect. Further, errors that occur during the runtime of the program fail silently, providing the user with no feedback about how to prevent the error and sometimes causing unexpected behavior. In this thesis, the author implements a semantic analysis pass to the StarLogo Nova compiler, as well as other debugging-related features, to improve compile time and runtime error reporting and to give users meaningful feedback about their programs.
This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 59).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.