Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Ways of Programming

Bret Victor gave a really interesting talk about how programming should really work, and that invention can be based on/motivated by a principle.  He has a very interesting view of what is static and what is dynamic and how it can affect how we create things.  Right now, programmers spend their time typing in complex code that is then compiled or interpreted by the computer.  These worlds of editing and runtime are very related, but not really directly connected in a two way sense.  In his world programming is part definition and part performance.  It is a long talk, but around 24:00 he talks about how his ideas apply to designing circuits as well as software.  If you are at all interested in this topic, it is worth your while.
He isn't the only one who is interested in this type of idea.  The video below is much shorter and shows a system called Gliimpse that connects code to result via simple animation.

1 comment:

  1. Cool and Interesting. After 50 years of computer science and computer engineering there has to be a better way to develop software. Imagine what might have evolved if Smalltalk and Thinglab were integrated and continued to evolve. I've always felt that Flash and Director were the wrong models for time based work :) Other than scattered University work there seems to be no corporate research lab that is continuing to work in this space (at least none that I know of and I'd love to know). Thank you for posting Roger.

    Glenn Edens