How Live are Live Programming Systems? – Benchmarking the Response Times of Live Programming Environments.
The idea of live programming has been applied in various domains, including the exploration of simulations, general-purpose application development, and even live performance of music. As a result, different qualitative definitions of the term live programming exist. Often, these definitions refer to a sense of “directness” or “immediacy” regarding the responses of the system. However, most of them lack quantitative thresholds of this response time. Thus, we propose a survey of live programming environments to determine common response times the community regards as sufficient. In this paper, we discuss the design of an initial survey focusing on general-purpose live programming environments. We describe the selection process of systems and the benchmarking model to measure relevant time spans. We illustrate the potential outcomes of such a study with results from applying the benchmarking model to Squeak/Smalltalk and the Self environment. The results hint that a quick adaptation of the executable form might be a common feature of live programming environments.
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|How Live are Live Programming Systems? – Benchmarking the Response Times of Live Programming Environments.