PPIG 2016 - 27th Annual Workshop
Doctoral Consortium
Programmer Experience Design and the Spreadsheet Paradigm
Gary Miller
Abstract: This doctoral consortium report proposes using the continuing evolution of the spread- sheet paradigm to frame a discussion about research into the usability of programming languages. In particular it argues that research into programming language design needs to be hardened, and should adopt a perspective similar to that described in The Prospects for Psychological Science in Human-Computer Interaction (Newell & Card, 1985). In summary there are three components, the need to work on good applied problems, using empirical studies to provide the basis for theories to aid programming language designers.