Implementing function spreadsheets

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Abstract

A large amount of end-user development is done with spreadsheets. The spreadsheet metaphor is attractive because it is visual and accommodates interactive experimentation, but as observed by Peyton Jones, Blackwell and Burnett, the spreadsheet metaphor does not admit even the most basic abstraction: that of turning an expression into a named function. Hence they proposed a way to define a function in terms of a worksheet with designated input and output cells; we shall call it a function sheet. The goal of our work is to develop implementations of function sheets and study their application to realistic examples. Therefore, we are also developing a simple yet comprehensive spreadsheet core implementation for experimentation with this technology. Here we report briefly on our experiments with function sheets as well as other uses of our spreadsheet core implementation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelInternational Conference on Software Engineering : Proceedings of the 4th international workshop on End-user software engineering
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publikationsdato2008
Sider91-94
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-60558-034-0
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2008
BegivenhedFourth Workshop on End-User Software Engineering (WEUSE IV) In conjunction with ICSE 2008 - Leipzig, Tyskland
Varighed: 12 maj 200812 maj 2008
Konferencens nummer: 4

Workshop

WorkshopFourth Workshop on End-User Software Engineering (WEUSE IV) In conjunction with ICSE 2008
Nummer4
Land/OmrådeTyskland
ByLeipzig
Periode12/05/200812/05/2008

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