Software Visualization....

Alan Kay alank at
Thu Oct 22 12:51:10 UTC 1998

Dwight --

Here's Ron Baecker's email address:

Ron Baecker <rmb at>

He is definitely the "father" of what you are interested in ...




At 6:02 PM -0000 10/21/98, Dwight Hughes wrote:
>Just to clarify what I am looking for a bit: what is usually known as
>"visual programming" [creating code by directly linking and annotating
>graphical representations of language constructs] is only of secondary
>interest to me right now -- useful to me primarily for how they
>represented the language constructs in a visual fashion. My primary
>interest is in capturing and presenting dynamic code (and data) behavior
>in a clean, efficient manner. As a zero-th approximation of what I am
>initially shooting for, take a look at "Bridging the Gulf Between Code
>and Behavior in Programming" by Henry Lieberman and Christopher Fry,
>which describes the ZStep 94 debugger (for Macintosh Common Lisp) - see:
>>From the help you all have given, I have been able to find a number of
>sites about SV (I feel rather like Johnny Five, "Input! More input!") --
>so I should be able to stay off the streets and out of trouble for a
>while :-). Thanks!
>-- Dwight
>Dwight Hughes wrote:
>> I am looking for good papers and/or books on software visualization --
>> especially as pertains to reversible debuggers (logically reversible -
>> not thermodynamically reversible :-b), code animation, and data
>> animation (and algorithm animation in general). I have started with some
>> of Henry Lieberman's papers and would like to know what else might be
>> out there, or if others here have experience with this. (Yes, this _is_
>> about Squeak -- I want to create a new debugger for Squeak based on
>> these techniques.)
>> I would love to get some Smalltalk references, but Lisp, Prolog, or
>> whatever are just fine.
>> Thanks.
>> -- Dwight

More information about the Squeak-dev mailing list