sep 2013

Our paper on Azurite was accepted to be presented at VL/HCC'13.

may 2013

Our paper on Euclase was presented at the LIVE workshop at ICSE'2013.

dec 2012

Brad Myers is selected as an IEEE Fellow!

oct 2012

A paper about ConstraintJS was presented at UIST'12.

oct 2012

Our paper from 2002 was named a Most Influential Paper at VL/HCC'2012!

june 2012

We presented a paper in ICSE'2012 about our new Graphite system!

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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're 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

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.
API Usability
Informing API design choices through empirical studies. Includes sub-project on eSOA API Usability.
Studies of Designers
Understanding how interaction designers think about interaction
Studies of software development
By novices, end users, professionals and everyone between

Recent Projects

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

Past Projects

Hands
Human-centered Advances for Novice Development of Software
Silver
Scripting an Intelligent Video Editor
Lapis
Lightweight Structured Text Processing

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