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Accepted This paper presents a study aiming to analyse the design strategies of experts in object-oriented programming. We report an experiment conducted with four experts. Each subject solved three problems. Our results show that three strategies may be used in program design according to the solution structure. An object-centred strategy and a function-centred strategy are used when the solution has a hierarchical structure with vertical communication between objects. In this case, the plandoi:10.1016/0001-6918(95)00058-5 fatcat:e3rglmfgvvcdpchmzti632uzxi