Designing and evaluating programming languages: Dagstuhl trip report

The attendees of the Dagstuhl workshop “Evidence About Programmers for Programming Language Design”
Playing Codenames after dinner while making PL jokes and drinking.

We know little about PL design as a process

Jonathan Aldrich and Michael Coblenz talk about type theory and PL design.

We know little about the relationship between programming languages and culture

Professor Felienne Hermans of TU Delft talked about programming languages and culture.

We have no theory of language learnability

There were five Andrews at the meeting! At this dinner, Andy Stefik and I had a great arguments about the value of theory in language design.

We have no theory of language teachability

Baker discussing how Code.org has to create micro-languages to avoid complexities and inconsistencies in more ubiquitous, authentic PL designs.
We took a brief field trip to Trier for walking and dinner, but the conversations continued!

We have no theory of language error-proneness

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