Here is just another paper that I am rather excited about at the moment:
* J.F. Pane and B.A. Myers: "The Influence of the Psychology of
Programming on a Language Design: Project Status Report"
Abstract: "Research in Psychology of Programming (PoP) and related
fields over the past thirty years has identified many important
usability issues for programming languages and tools. However, when new
programming languages are designed these findings do not seem to have
much impact, so popular modern languages continue to exhibit many of the
same old problems. This paper reviews the progress of an ongoing project
to elevate the influence of PoP on the design of a new programming
language. In the context of designing a new programming language for
children, we cataloged and interpreted the prior work, performed new
studies where questions remained unanswered, and have focused on
usability throughout the design. In addition to producing a system that
is easier to learn and use than existing systems, we hope to exemplify a
process that could be adopted by other language designers to improve the
usability of their systems."
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