MindFrames: A Visual Environment for Semantically-Oriented Program Construction

The MindFrames project is a research effort addressing the semantic gap between our conceptualizations within application problem domains and implementations about them. At a superficial level, our approach concerns diagramming and the use of domain-specific visualizations to bridge this gap. At a foundational level, it involves deeper principles involving program construction methodology, state reflective capabilities, a rich semantic model for program visualization, and a carefully crafted condensation of abstraction and concretization. We present the vision of our work, and a discussion of the MindFrames prototype. We demonstrate an environment in which constructive, state reflective visualization is the means for programming, and add to that a discussion of advanced topics such as design patterns and partial evaluation. We also discuss design issues regarding our semantic programming model, visual infrastructure, and graphics foundations.

By: Herb Derby, Robert M. Fuhrer, Donald P. Pazel

Published in: RC22739 in 2003


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