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Tool support for data validation by end-user programmers

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Tool support for data validation by end-user programmers
End-user programming tools for creating spreadsheets and webforms offer no data types except "string" for storing many kinds of data, such as person names and street addresses. Consequently, these tools cannot automatically validate these data. To address this problem, we have developed a new userextensible model for string-like data. Each "tope" in this model is efined abstraction that guides the interpretation of strings as a particular kind of data, such as a mailing address. Specifically, each tope implementation contains software functions for recognizing and reformatting that tope's kind of data. With our tools, end-user programmers define new topes and associate them with fields in spreadsheets, webforms, and other programs. This makes it possible at runtime to distinguish between invalid data, valid data, and questionable data that could be valid or invalid. Once identified, questionable and/or invalid data can be double-checked and possibly corrected,...
Christopher Scaffidi, Brad A. Myers, Mary Shaw
Added 17 Nov 2009
Updated 09 Dec 2009
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ICSE
Authors Christopher Scaffidi, Brad A. Myers, Mary Shaw
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