Frances-A: A Tool For Architecture Level Software Visualization

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Integral to computer science education are computer organization and architecture courses. We present Frances-A, an engaging investigative tool that provides an environment for studying real assembly languages and architectures. Frances-A includes several features that enhance its usefulness in the classroom such as graphical relationships between high-level code and machine code, illustrated step by step machine state transitions, color coding to make instruction behavior clear, and illustration of pointers. Frances-A uses a simple web interface requiring no setup and is easy to use, making it easy to adopt in a course.

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  author = {Sondag, Tyler and Pokorny, Kian L. and Rajan, Hridesh},
  title = {Frances-A: A Tool for Architecture Level Program Visualization},
  journal = {J. Comput. Small Coll.},
  year = {2011},
  publisher = {Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges},
  address = {, USA},