oct 2017 —

Most Influential Paper award over the last 10+/-1 years by the VL/HCC conference in 2017, for J. Stylos; B. A. Myers: "Mica..." from VL/HCC 2006. This is the 4th time our group has won this award!

oct 2017 —

Our papers on Moonstone and about "Exploring Exploratory Programming" will be presented at VL/HCC'2017.

june 2017 —

Best Paper Award from the Sixth International Symposium on End User Development (IS-EUD 2017) for: the Epidosite/Sugilite paper: "Programming IoT Devices by Demonstration on Mobile Apps", Toby Jia-Jun Li, Yuanchun Li, Fanglin Chen and Brad A. Myers. Download the paper from Springer or local pdf.

may 2017 —

Our paper on Glacier was presented at ICSE'2017.

may 2017 —

Brad Myers wins the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in Research, 2017, for outstanding fundamental and influential research contributions to the study of human-computer interaction. See SIGCHI citation, video of the talk (1:18:12), slides, advisee tree, abstract and Steven Feiner's introduction.

may 2017 —

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award from the CHI 2017 conference for: “Variolite: Supporting Exploratory Programming by Data Scientists”, Mary Beth Kery, Amber Horvath, and Brad Myers. ACM dl, local pdf and YouTube video.

may 2017 —

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award from the CHI 2017 conference for: “SUGILITE: Creating Multimodal Smartphone Automation by Demonstration”, Toby Li, Amos Azaria, and Brad Myers. ACM dl, local pdf and video.

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The Natural Programming Project is working on making programming languages, APIs, and environments easier to learn, more effective, and less error prone. We are taking a human-centered approach, first studying how people perform their tasks and then designing languages, APIs, and environments around people's natural tendencies. We focus on all kinds of programming, including professional programmers, novice programmers who are trying to learn to be experts, and end-user programmers (EUPs), who program to support other jobs or hobbies, such as multimedia authoring, simulations, teaching, prototyping, and other activities supported by computing.

We have been affiliated with the EUSES consortium, which is a group of researchers working on end-user software engineering, and with the project on Variations to Support Exploratory Programming.

Ongoing Projects

Rose Quartz
Recollection Of Serial Experiments: Quiet Utility Always Recording Tree-structure Zen
Research on supporting exploratory programming for Data Scientists.
Obsidian
Object-oriented Blockchain State Interaction and Development Implementation And Notation
Research on a new language for programming blockchain programs.
Variolite
Variations Augment Real Iterative Outcomes Letting Information Transcend Exploration.
Research on supporting exploratory programming for Data Scientists.
Glacier
Great Languages Allow Class Immutability Easily and Readily.
System to enforce immutability in Java.
Sugilite and Epidosite
Smartphone Users Generating Intelligent Likeable Interfaces Through Examples; and Enabling Programming of IoT Devices On Smartphone Interfaces for The End-users
Creating Smartphone scripts by example.
Moonstone
Making Object Oriented Novel Software Tools Optimized for Noting Exceptions.
Research on exception handling, and new plugin for Eclipse to help with exception handlers.
API Usability
Informing API design choices through human-centered methods. Includes sub-project on eSOA API Usability.

Former Projects

Aquamarine
Allowing Quick Undoing of Any Marks And Repairs to Improve Novel Editing
Painting program to explore selective undo using the script model.
Dacite
Design Annotations for Complementing Interfaces Targeting Effectiveness.
Plugin for Eclipse to help with API Usability.
Cryolite
Cloud9 Recorder of Your Operations by Listening to Interactions in The Editor.
Gneiss
Gathering Novel End-User Internet Services using Spreadsheets
Uses a spreadsheet language to create interactive web applications using web service data.
InterState
(Formerly called: Euclase: End User Centered Language, APIs, System, and Environment.)
New tool to allow designers to author web behaviors using state machines and constraints.
Azurite
Adding Zest to Undoing and Restoring Improves Textual Exploration
A plug-in for Eclipse that facilitates backtracking (undoing) of code.
Graphite
GRAphical Palettes Help Instantiate Types in the Editor.
A plug-in for Eclipse that supports type-specific palettes that help users enter code more easily.
Fluorite
Full of Low-level User Operations Recorded In The Editor.
A plug-in for Eclipse that records the low-level user and Eclipse events to enable analysis.
ConstraintJS
A JavaScript library that supports constraints combined with state transitions.
Studies of Designers
Understanding how interaction designers think about interaction
Studies of software development
By novices, end users, professionals and everyone between
Jadeite
Java Documentation with Extra Information Tacked-on for Emphasis.
Apatite
Associative Perusing of APIs That Identifies Targets Easily.
Reacher
Visualization tool that allows developers to search and explore feasible paths and answer reachability questions.
Euklas
Eclipse Users' Keystrokes Lessened by Attaching from Samples
(Eclipse plugin for JavaScript, that helps with copying and pasting code.)
Calcite
Construction And Language Completion Integrated Throughout Eclipse
Fact-finding
Helping developers discover properties of software architectures
Update Paths
Helping developers discover when code is executed
FireCrystal
Firefox extension to show the html and Javascript code responsible for behaviors on web pages
WebCrystal
Plugin for Firefox that helps you understand how parts are implemented.
Whyline for Java
a Workspace that Helps You Link Instructions, Numbers and Events
Topes
A data model to help end-user programmers validate and manipulate data
Jasper
A Java Aid with Sets of Pertinent Elements for Recognition
Barista
Basic Abstractions for Rapidly Implementing Structured Text-editing Applications
Crystal
Clarifications Regarding Your Software using a Toolkit, Architecture, and Language
Mica
Makes Interfaces Clear and Accessible
Citrus
a language for Creating Interactive Tools that Reshape and Utilize Structure
Slate
a Spreadsheet Language that Accentuates Type Errors
Whyline for Alice
a Workspace that Helps You Link Instructions, Numbers and Events
Hands
Human-centered Advances for Novice Development of Software
Silver
Scripting an Intelligent Video Editor
Lapis
Lightweight Structured Text Processing

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