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LEARNING OF THE OBJECT ORIENTED PARADIGM THROUGH INTERACTIVE VIDEO-GAMES DEVELOPMENT
Year:2008
Research Areas
  • Automatic
Information
Abstract
The Object Orientation Paradigm (OOP) is more than Object Oriented languages. Learning the syntax of a language as C++ or Java is a relatively easy task compared with the understanding of the principles of OO Modeling and Design (OOD), which require a high ability of abstract reasoning. Moreover, it is not enough to teach the artifacts of Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) as the Unified Modeling Language (UML) if those principles are not properly understood. We wanted to engage the students in a motivating framework, so both the principles of OOD are properly acquired and put in practice with CASE and programming tools. We found the ideal framework in the development of videogames. Most students are familiar with (even attracted by) them. The existence of powerful yet simple 3D graphical libraries as OpenGL and the portable Window Manager (GLUT), makes very easy the development of quite attractive 3D applications, so the real effort can be done in the OOP. There are two types of games: those with physical simulations (first person shooters, car race, arcade games) and those with logical or reasoning (chess, 4 on a line, etc). Though the second type is interesting, physical systems can be more easily understood and modeled under OOP, because the software and design objects have an equivalent counterpart in the real world. Furthermore physical systems have the added benefit of involving kinematics, dynamics, math, and other disciplines very interesting for the engineering student.
International
Si
Congress
International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2008)
960
Place
Madrid
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
978-84-612-5367-8
Start Date
17/11/2008
End Date
19/11/2008
From page
20
To page
29
ICERI2008 abstracts CD : International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, november, 17th-19th, 2008, Madrid
Participants
  • Autor: Carlos Platero Dueñas (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Bioingeniería Aplicada
  • Departamento: Electrónica, Automática e Informática Industrial
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