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ERIC Number: EJ1016164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-0399
01010000 01001100 01000001 01011001: Play Elements in Computer Programming
Breslin, Samantha
American Journal of Play, v5 n3 p357-382 Spr 2013
This article explores the role of play in human interaction with computers in the context of computer programming. The author considers many facets of programming including the literary practice of coding, the abstract design of programs, and more mundane activities such as testing, debugging, and hacking. She discusses how these incorporate the aesthetics, creative imagination, and game play of programmers. She suggests that the seemingly intractable and unplayful elements of computers, in fact, invite playful responses and actions by programmers and that programmers use play to understand, engage with, and creatively imagine and reconfigure the complexity of computer systems. She concludes that human machine relationships and computer programming constitute fruitful areas for further play research. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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