SIGPX: Special Interest Group on Programming Experience

SIGPX is a Japanese domestic study group for those interested in programming environments and their programming experience, founded in January 2016. We gather for exchanging information on state-of-the-art research and development projects relevant to programming experience.

This page shows the translation of the Japanese website and omits some details. Please refer to the Japanese page for the complete information.

Why now? What is this all about? ── When all computer users were programmers before the birth of Graphical User Interface and the WIMP metaphor, there used to be no distinguishment between research on Programming Language, Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, and User Interface. Later on, there came to be a gulf between "the programmer" and "the end user," resulting in the division of research domains. Now is the time when people say anybody {can, should} learn how to do programming ── so, why not think of PX (cf. UX) from an interdisciplinary perspective? It seems to be a good timing for all of us to gather interdisciplinary knowledge of relevant research domains.

Companies often develop and deploy the state-of-the-art technologies in the field of informatics. It does not make sense to divide research and development. Those who do crazy things are ubiquitous among companies, universities, and research laboratories. We should gather regardless of our affiliations and positions, such as researchers and engineers, to discuss programming experience ── to shape the future of programming.

Who are you? ── Researchers in the relevant research domains such as Programming Language, Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, and User Interface; Software engineers authoring programming environments including Programming Language, Software Development Tools, Integrated Development Environments; Cognitive psychologists and anybody interested in Programming Experience.

The Forth Workshop (3/2/2018) NEW!

Around 20 researchers including about half of students attended the event, introducing their latest research work in a simplified version of the Writer's Workshop format. Some attendees provided 15min presentations followed by 5 or more minutes of critiques, reviews, and general discussions. Others provided short (3min or more) lightning talks.

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PX Special Issue in IPSJ Journal (Nov. 2017)

A special issue titled "Emerging Research on Programming Experience: From Language Design to Industrial Applications" collected seven articles that covered broad and latest topics in PX, not only in academia (programming language, software engineering, and human-computer interaction) but also in startup and maker cultures, written by established professionals in the field.

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The Third Workshop (7/8/2017)

Despite the short notice, around 10 researchers and engineers from the world attended the event, presenting their latest outcome and discussing the future of programming experience.

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The Second Workshop (8/7/2016)

30 researchers, engineers, and interaction designers dealing with programming languages, tools, integrated development environments attended the event, learning relevant research fields and industry efforts and getting to know each other through long (15-25min) and short (1-3min) introduction of their work.

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The First Workshop (2/27/2016)

36 researchers, engineers, and evangelists dealing with programming languages, tools, integrated development environments attended the event, getting to know each other through long (15min) and short (1min) introduction of their work.

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