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Authoring systems in computer based education

The idea of a programming system which generates other programs (referred to as automatic programming or metasoftware) has always been a popular one in computer science. Despite the interest, however, few such systems have actually been inplemented and used. An exception is the development and use of authoring systems in the domain of Computer Based Education (CBE). This article surveys the development and characteristics of authoring systems.

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