A Small Matter of Programming asks why it has been so difficult for end users to command programming power and explores the problems of end user-driven application development that must be solved to afford end users greater computational power.Drawing on empirical research on existing end user systems, A Small Matter of Programming analyzes cognitive, social, and technical issues of end user programming. In particular, it examines the importance of task-specific programming languages, visual application frameworks, and collaborative work practices for end user computing, with the goal of helping designers and programmers understand and better satisfy the needs of end users who want the capability to create, customize, and extend their applications software.The ideas in the book are based on the author's research on two successful end user programming systems - spreadsheets and CAD systems - as well as other empirical research. Nardi concentrates on broad issues in end user programming, especially end users' strengths and problems, introducing tools and techniques as they are related to higher-level user issues.Bonnie A. Nardi is a Member of the Technical Staff at Hewlett Packard Laboratories.
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Bonnie A. Nardi is Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and Cofounder of Center for Research in Sustainability, Collapse-preparedness, and Information Technology there. She is the coauthor of Acting with Technology (MIT Press).From Library Journal:
This is a wonderful book, one of those little volumes that makes you think, imagine, and argue all at the same time. Computers are being used, but by whom? Does anyone really have any idea what folks are really doing with computers? If programmers are the only ones who think they know what end users want, why are computers so underutilized? Over and over, you'll find yourself turning Nardi's queries in your imagination and asking new questions about humans and machines. The core of Nardi's work is its anthropological approach to computing, observing, and studying the "natives" (or end users) as they use spreadsheets and CAD programs. The answers from this ethnographic studies are surprising. Computing is successful when the right tools-tools that make software and computers work right for everyday tasks-are in the hands of end users rather than programmers. All computing power to the people, not to the high priests or the geeks. Hurrah for Nardi, and read this book!
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción The MIT Press, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110262140535
Descripción The MIT Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0262140535 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0110749
Descripción The MIT Press, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0262140535