Call For Papers – PLATEAU 2011

Third Workshop on
Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools (PLATEAU)
in conjunction with SPLASH/Onward! 2011
October 22-27, 2011 (Portland, OR)


Submission Deadline August 12
Notification September 12
Registration October 22
Workshop October 24


Programming languages exist to enable programmers to develop software
effectively. But how efficiently programmers can write software
depends on the usability of the languages and tools that they develop
with. 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.

We plan to gather 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. We are also interested
in the input of other members of the programming research community
working on related areas, such as aspects, refactoring, design patterns,
program analysis, program comprehension, software visualization,
end-user programming, and other programming language paradigms. 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
– critical comparisons of programming paradigms
– tools to support evaluating programming languages
– psychology of programming


Inherent vs. Accidental vs. Intentional Difficulties in Programming
Brad Myers, Carnegie Mellon University

About Craig Anslow

Craig Anslow is a Lecturer in Software Engineering at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, with research interests in software visualization.
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