For PLATEAU 2019, see the workshop webpage at http://plateau-workshop.org/.


Programming languages exist to enable programmers to develop software effectively. But programmer efficiency depends on the usability of the languages and tools with which they develop software. The aim of this workshop is to discuss methods, metrics and techniques for evaluating the usability of languages and language tools. The supposed benefits of such languages and tools cover a large space, including making programs easier to read, write, and maintain; allowing programmers to write more flexible and powerful programs; and restricting programs to make them more safe and secure.

PLATEAU gathers the intersection of researchers in the programming language, programming tool, and human-computer interaction communities to share their research and discuss the future of evaluation and usability of programming languages and tools.

Accepted Papers

Title
A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Polyglot Programming in a Database Context
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Breakout Discussion
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Direct Manipulation Programming in Sketch-n-Sketch: Three Years, Three IdeasKeynote
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Identifying Barriers to Adoption for Rust through Online Discourse
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Interactive Extraction of Examples from Existing Code
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Observing the Uptake of a Language Change Making Strings Immutable
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Programming by example: efficient, but not "helpful"
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QDB: From Quantum Algorithms Towards Correct Quantum Programs
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Understanding Java Usability by Mining GitHub Repositories
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Call for Papers

Topics

Some particular areas of interest are:

  • empirical studies of programming languages

  • methodologies and philosophies behind language and tool evaluation

  • software design metrics and their relations to the underlying language

  • user studies of language features and software engineering tools

  • visual techniques for understanding programming languages

  • design of new programming languages

  • critical comparisons of programming paradigms

  • tools to support evaluating programming languages

  • psychology of programming

  • domain specific language (e.g. database languages, security/privacy languages, architecture description languages) usability and evaluation

Types of Submissions

PLATEAU encourages submissions of three types of papers:

Research and position papers: We encourage papers that describe work-in-progress or recently completed work based on the themes and goals of the workshop or related topics, report on experiences gained, question accepted wisdom, raise challenging open problems, or propose speculative new approaches. We will accept two types of papers: research papers up to 8 pages in length; and position papers up to 2 pages in length.

Hypotheses papers: Hypotheses papers explicitly identify beliefs of the research community or software industry about how a programming language, programming language feature, or programming language tool affects programming practice. Hypotheses can be collected from mailing lists, blog posts, paper introductions, developer forums, or interviews. Papers should clearly document the source(s) of each hypothesis and discuss the importance, use, and relevance of the hypotheses on research or practice. In addition, we invite language designers to share some of the usability reasoning that influenced their work. These will serve as an important first step in advancing our understanding of how language design supports programmers. Papers may also, but are not required to, review evidence for or against the hypotheses identified. Hypotheses papers can be up to 4 pages in length.

Submission Site

PLATEAU papers should be submitted via https://plateau18.hotcrp.com/.

Format

Submissions should use the OASIcs format described here: https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/publications/oasics/instructions-for-authors/. Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

All types of papers will be published in OASIcs (https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/publications/oasics/) at the authors’ discretion.

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08:30 - 10:00
Adoption & Programmer PerceptionPLATEAU at Beacon Hill
Chair(s): Joshua SunshineCarnegie Mellon University
08:30
20m
Talk
Welcome
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08:50
25m
Talk
Programming by example: efficient, but not "helpful"
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Mark SantolucitoYale University, USA, Drew GoldmanRoslyn High School, Allyson WeseleyRoslyn High School, Ruzica PiskacYale University, USA
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09:15
15m
Talk
Observing the Uptake of a Language Change Making Strings Immutable
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Manuel MaarekHeriot-Watt University
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09:30
15m
Talk
Identifying Barriers to Adoption for Rust through Online Discourse
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Anna ZengStanford University, Will CrichtonStanford University
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10:30 - 12:00
Keynote: ChughPLATEAU at Beacon Hill
Chair(s): Joshua SunshineCarnegie Mellon University
10:30
65m
Talk
Direct Manipulation Programming in Sketch-n-Sketch: Three Years, Three IdeasKeynote
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Ravi ChughUniversity of Chicago
11:35
5m
Talk
Interdisciplinary Programming Language Design - Preview
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Michael CoblenzCarnegie Mellon University, Jonathan AldrichCarnegie Mellon University, Brad A. MyersCarnegie Mellon University, Joshua SunshineCarnegie Mellon University
11:40
5m
Talk
Julia: Dynamism and Performance Reconciled by Design - Preview
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Jeff BezansonJulia Computing, Benjamin ChungNortheastern University, Jiahao ChenCapital One, Stefan Karpinski, Viral B ShahJulia Computing, Jan VitekNortheastern University, Lionel ZoubritzkyÉcole Normale Supérieure
11:45
5m
Talk
On the Usage of “Pythonic” Idioms in Python Programs - Preview
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Carol V. AlexandruUniversity of Zurich, José J. MerchanteUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Sebastiano PanichellaZurich University of Applied Science/University of Zurich, Sebastian ProkschUniversity of Zurich, Harald GallUniversity of Zurich, Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos
11:50
5m
Talk
We Should Stop Claiming Generality in our Domain-Specific Language Papers - Preview
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Daco HarkesDelft University of Technology
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15:30 - 17:00
Interactive Tools & BreakoutPLATEAU at Beacon Hill
Chair(s): Sarah E. ChasinsUniversity of California, Berkeley
15:30
25m
Talk
Interactive Extraction of Examples from Existing Code
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Andrew HeadUC Berkeley
15:55
5m
Talk
Automatic Diagnosis and Correction of Logical Errors for Functional Programming Assignments - Preview
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Junho LeeKorea University, Dowon SongKorea University, Sunbeom SoKorea University, Hakjoo OhKorea University
16:00
5m
Talk
One Tool, Many Languages: Language-Parametric Transformation with Incremental Parametric Syntax - Preview
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16:05
5m
Talk
Live, Synchronized, and Mental Map Preserving Visualization for Data Structure Programming - Preview
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Akio OkaTokyo Institute of Technology, Hidehiko MasuharaTokyo Institute of Technology, Tomoyuki AotaniTokyo Institute of Technology
16:10
50m
Other
Breakout Discussion
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