Gradual structuring in the spreadsheet paradigm

Gary Miller, Felienne Hermans

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Abstract

Spreadsheets are arguably the most used form of programming, yet they are error prone and hard to maintain. This paper demonstrates novel features that enable the gradual structuring of spreadsheets to more structured models, with the intent of mitigating these issues. The approach of features for gradual structuring does not impact the underlying application. Structured models improve comprehension, reduce design and composition errors, whilst the gradual nature proposed, allows the modeller to choose what best fits their requirements. The origin of these features are the design patterns of expert spreadsheet modellers. Whilst these features increase the expressiveness of the spreadsheet paradigm future studies are planned to assess.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2016
EditorsAlan Blackwell, Beryl Plimmer, Gem Stapleton
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages240-241
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781509002528
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2016 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20168 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC
Volume2016-November
ISSN (Print)1943-6092
ISSN (Electronic)1943-6106

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period4/09/168/09/16

Keywords

  • Gradual Structuring
  • Programming Language Design
  • Spreadsheets
  • Usability of Programming Language

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