A Small Matter of Programming: Perspectives on End User Computing

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MIT Press, 1993 - Computers - 162 pages
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A Small Matter of Programming asks why it has been so difficult for end users tocommand programming power and explores the problems of end user-driven application development thatmust be solved to afford end users greater computational power.Drawing on empirical research onexisting end user systems, A Small Matter of Programming analyzes cognitive, social, and technicalissues of end user programming. In particular, it examines the importance of task-specificprogramming languages, visual application frameworks, and collaborative work practices for end usercomputing, with the goal of helping designers and programmers understand and better satisfy theneeds of end users who want the capability to create, customize, and extend their applicationssoftware.The ideas in the book are based on the author's research on two successful end userprogramming systems - spreadsheets and CAD systems - as well as other empirical research. Nardiconcentrates on broad issues in end user programming, especially end users' strengths and problems,introducing tools and techniques as they are related to higher-level user issues.Bonnie A. Nardi isa Member of the Technical Staff at Hewlett Packard Laboratories.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Figures
4
Conversation and Computers
13
Taskspecific Programming Languages
27
Interaction Techniques for End User Application Development
61
Application Frameworks
85
Collaborative Work Practices
103
Scenarios of End User Programming
123
Appendix
137
References
145
Index
159
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Bonnie A. Nardi is Associate Professor in the School of Information and Computer Science atthe University of California, Irvine. She is the author of A Small Matter ofProgramming (1993), and coauthor of Information Ecologies: Using Technology withHeart (1999), both published by the MIT Press.

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