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Colloquium - Piccinno

DLC 170

A Meta-Design Approach Supporting "Unwitting" Programmers
University of Bari, Italy
Antonio Piccinno photo

Users and developers have been traditionally considered two distinct communities: users are the "owners" of the problems and developers are those who implement software systems for supporting users to solve the problem. Nowadays, with the widespread use of software systems, and the evolution of the World Wide Web, an increasing number of people are not only using software but also getting involved in designing and developing software. The Web supports various pre-programming and programming activities, ranging from simple parameter customization to variation and assembling of components, creating simulations and games.

Different types of users are between pure end users and professional software developers. In the seminar, we will focus on a particular type of end users who are very active in shaping software tools to their needs, habits and background, without being aware of programming; they are "unwitting" programmers that need appropriate development techniques and environments. A meta-design participatory approach for supporting unwitting end-user development will be presented and case studies in which this approach is applied will be discussed.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

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Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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