n South African Computer Journal - Holistic programming environments




As a result of the popularity of graphical user interfaces, it is now almost impossible to buy a programming language compiler - instead, one purchases a development environment. Of course, we can scoff at the distinction and say that a development environment is nothing more than a programming language with visual (as opposed to syntactic) sugar. We believe, however, that this view must change if safer and more responsible programming languages are to be created for the next generation of programmer. Within this paper, we will argue that a more theoretical approach should be taken to the development of programming environments and suggest ways in which this may be achieved.


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