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Graphical definitions : expanding spreadsheet languages through direct manipulation and gestures

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dc.contributor.advisor Burnett, Margaret M.
dc.creator Gottfried, Herkimer John
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-09T21:46:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-09T21:46:57Z
dc.date.copyright 1996-12-09
dc.date.issued 1996-12-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/34287
dc.description Graduation date: 1997 en_US
dc.description.abstract Until now, attempts to extend the one-way constraint evaluation model of the spreadsheet paradigm to support complex objects, such as colored circles or user-defined types, have led to approaches featuring either a direct way of creating objects graphically or strong compatibility with the spreadsheet paradigm, but not both. This inability to conveniently go beyond numbers and strings without straying outside the spreadsheet paradigm has been a limiting factor in the applicability of spreadsheets. In this thesis we present a technique that removes this limitation, allowing complex objects to be programmed directly--and in a manner that fits seamlessly within the spreadsheet paradigm--using direct manipulation and gestures. We also present the results of an empirical study which suggests that programmers can use this technique to program complex objects faster and with fewer errors. The graphical definitions technique not only expands the applicability of spreadsheet languages, it also adds to their support for exploratory programming and to their scalability. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Visual programming languages (Computer science) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic spreadsheets -- Computer programs en_US
dc.title Graphical definitions : expanding spreadsheet languages through direct manipulation and gestures en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Engineering en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.description.digitization File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome, 256 Grayscale) using Capture Perfect 3.0.82 on a Canon DR-9080C in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR. en_US
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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