Szymon Kaliski

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Second-Order Tool Building

Dynamic spreadsheets were invented by Daniel Bricklin and Robert Frankston as a reaction to the frustration Bricklin felt when he had to work with the old ruled-paper versions in business school. They were surprised by the success of the idea and by the fact that most people who bought the first spreadsheet program (VisiCalc) exploited it to forecast the future rather than to account for the past. Seeking to develop a "smart editor", they had created a simulation tool.

— Computer Software - Alan Kay


  1. 2024-01-01Improving Replit's Console and a Database-y Creative Coding Environment1
  2. 2022-07-19The Incredible Power of The Right Interface1
  3. 2021-07-09Domain Experts Shouldn't be Limited by Developer Time1

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