Tomorrow I will be giving a talk on visual programming languages at the University of Twente during FP-Day 2015. I will later post my slides and full text here, for your enjoyment.
Here’s the abstract for my talk:
Visual languages: functional programming in the era of jab and smoosh Abstract: Why are we still typing our code? We have made the jump from keypunch machines to text terminals, but our programming hasn’t fully entered the bird slinging, candy crushing age of touchy swipy goodness. Are programmers the latest luddites or is it impossible to graphically capture the complexity of computing? In this talk we will look at visual programming and especially the way in which a pure functional approach might help create a general-purpose language that is both easy on the eyes and in touch with modern times.