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Computers, Programming, and People
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-25, 22:14 authored by Holmes, WN
This essay argues that the complexity of professional programming is an impassable barrier to ordinary users wishing to code their own programs, suggests that popular computers would be much more useful if users could do so, and briefly describes how such popualr programming could be supported.
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