A Data Model to Support End User Software Engineering

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A Data Model to Support End User Software Engineering
Many end user programming tools such as spreadsheets and databases offer poor support for representing a level of abstraction that is intuitive to users. For example, users must work with "strings" rather than person names, phone numbers, or street addresses. As a result, validating and manipulating data is difficult. This thesis develops a new user-extensible model for semi-structured data items. Each "tope" within this model defines how to recognize a kind of data item based on format and context, and how to transform that kind of item among valid formats. To show the usefulness of this model, we provide an environment to help end-user programmers to create, share, and apply topes, enabling these users to quickly implement data validation and reformatting functionality.
Christopher Scaffidi
Added 09 Dec 2009
Updated 09 Dec 2009
Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ICSE
Authors Christopher Scaffidi
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