You might be interested in reading about Barista. Here are some nice videos.
The paper is worth a read-through too.
On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 10:03, Clendon Gibson <bsandy...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello Dan,
> I make my living writing LabVIEW which is drawn rather then written. I
> presume this is what you mean by VPL.
> This language would be impossible to use without a mouse.
> Another language that used to compete in the same space as LabVIEW was HP
> VEE. It would have also been impossible to use without a mouse.
> *From:* Dan Stowell <dan.stow...@eecs.qmul.ac.uk>
> *To:* PPIG Listserve <Ppigemail@example.com>
> *Cc:* Thomas Green <green...@ntlworld.com>
> *Sent:* Tue, March 8, 2011 3:40:35 AM
> *Subject:* Visual and text languages
> I'm fairly new to the PP literature. Thomas's self-promotion led me to his
> interesting 1996 paper on visual programming languages. "Overall, we believe
> that in many respects VPLs offer substantial gains over conventional textual
> languages, but at present their HCI aspects are still under-developed.
> Improvements in secondary notation, in editing, and in searching will
> greatly raise their overall usability."
> As someone who does a lot of work in textual languages - in particular,
> livecoding - I'd be interested to know what the state of the literature is
> on VPLs, especially in comparison against text languages. I haven't been
> able to find a recent survey, any recommendations?
> (Also, as someone who has had RSI, I wonder about the accessibility of VPLs
> via purely keyboard control...)
> On 01/03/2011 17:32, Thomas Green wrote:
> > Er, a spot of self-promotion here ..... the various types of comparison
> > I did in the past led to a framework which attempts to make some sense
> > of the underlying trade-offs, the cognitive dimensions framework,
> > developed by me and lots of other people. Stefano, if you simply want to
> > know whether your new tool works, then you probably just need to do an
> > experiment and stop; but if you want to know why it works (or doesn't),
> > you might take a look at that framework. There's a resources page here:
> > http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~afb21/CognitiveDimensions/
> > CDs analysis is quite quick, though very vague. It's actually quite
> > possible that it would reveal problems you've overlooked .....
> > Thomas
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