SoD Project on Professionals from Non-Computing Disciplines
Recent estimates for the number of end-user programmers indicate this population is over four times larger than the community of professional programmers. Web developers using active server pages, accountants using spreadsheets, and CAD designers using AutoCAD are just a few example domains where end-user programming has become commonplace. Recently, native scripting capabilities have become integrated with media manipulation tools like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and Blender. Such new support for end-user programming creates many opportunties for researchers. We are beginning a study to gain a deeper understanding of how and why media professionals, like graphic designers, learn to script. We are especially interested in what they know about Computer Science, how they learned it, and how we might support newcommers in learning Computer Science content informally.
For more information see Project Page at Brian Dorn's Website