PPIG 2022 - 33rd Annual Workshop
Story-thinking, computational-thinking, programming and software engineering
Austen Rainer, Catherine Menon
Abstract: Working with stories and working with computations require different modes of thought. We call the first mode “story-thinking” and the second ”computational-thinking”. The aim of this paper is to explore the nature of these two modes of thinking, and to do so in relation to programming, including software engineering as programming-in-the-large. We use two stories as illustrative examples: a famous six word story and the Byzantine Generals Problem. With these two stories, we explore one fundamental problem, i.e., the problem of “neglectful representations”. We briefly suggest ways in which this problem might be tackled, and briefly summarise our ongoing investigations.