Canvas for Programming

  • ideas from Canvas for Thinking could be applied to programming
    • laying out functions spatially
    • laying out (embodied data) spatially
      • or maybe a Data Layer that can be toggled on/off
    • mixing code, visual reference materials, running instances, and data in the same space (I explored some of these ideas in Protoboard)
  • VPLs, understood as "nodes-and-wires", usually provide some sort of infinite canvas to lay functions on, I'm curious if this combination is necessary - can the code still be text (or some other structural approach), while I can still "keep some functions here on the right of that other thing" - basically thinking spatially about my code
    • notable work in this direction is Dark (also featuring the "embodied data" idea):
      Dark Canvas
  • taking this even further, is using the spatiality for semantic - executing code spatially - Neighbour Computing note says more about this
  • related to Canvas for Thinking, End-User Programming, Future Of Coding

Combination of the background grid, and a quick way to build DOM elements, allows for adding pieces of documentation, notes, and inspiration images inline on the board, creating a canvas for programming: