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Can Programming Be Liberated, Period?

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1 Author(s)
Harel, D. ; Weizmann Inst. of Sci., Rehovot

We have come a long way since programming had to be done by tediously listing machine-level instructions that prescribed how a specific computer was to modify and move bits and words in its memory. The author describes his dream about freeing ourselves from the straightjackets of programming, making the process of getting computers to do what we want intuitive, natural, and also fun. He recommends harnessing the great power of computing and transforming a natural and almost playful means of programming so that it becomes fully operational and machine-doable. Once liberated, programmers will probably have new kinds of work to do, possibly including the need to set up specialized features of the new sophisticated computational tools that would be running in the background.

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Computer  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 1 )