Author Archives: Jonathan Edwards

Flux is good enough

The reaction to my latest work [Two-way Dataflow] has been distinctly underwhelming. My diagnosis: I’ve solved a problem most people aren’t aware they have, and it comes at the steep price of replacing the conventional tech stack. Facebook has a cheaper solution: Flux. I have to give them credit for taking the problem seriously (unlike many of the reactive programming […]

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Future Programming Workshop 2015

The Future Programming Workshop will return this year to SPLASH and Strange Loop. See This year we are taking any kind of media, not just videos. Web pages and papers are welcome too. By request of the academic members of our community we will publish proceedings containing the paper-format submissions. We are applying for permission to […]

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New Subtext screencast

We’ve published the final videos from the Future Programming Workshop. We will also be publishing a final report about our experiences and lessons from the workshop. Included in the videos is my latest screencast about Subtext: Two-way Dataflow. The abstract: Subtext is an experiment to radically simplify application programming. The goal is to combine the […]

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The Future Programming Manifesto

It’s time to reformulate the principles guiding my work. [Revised definition of complexity in response to misunderstandings]

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Programming with Managed Time

Final version of the paper is up, and an essay with embedded videos is here. Sean graciously invited me to coauthor but the ideas are really his – I just helped spin them. We think there is great promise in abstracting away from the computer model of time. There is a large design space that is […]

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Two-way Dataflow

I’ll be demoing my latest work at the Future Programming Workshop at both Strange Loop and SPLASH. My talk is called “Two-way Dataflow”. Here is the abstract: Subtext is an experiment to radically simplify application programming. The goal is to combine the power of frameworks like Rails and iOS with the simplicity of a spreadsheet. Mutable […]

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Developer inequality and the technical debt crisis

Recently there have been heated complaints that the culture of programming unfairly excludes some groups. They want to join the programming elite and get a spot at the startup trough. More power to them. I really have nothing to say about this issue because I think it is a distraction from a bigger issue with […]

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See you at Strange Loop

Two announcements. First, the official Call for Submissions is up. Second, we will be at StrangeLoop too. We are partnering with Alex Payne and his Emerging Languages Camp to run FPW on the day before StrangeLoop. You can submit for SPLASH or StrangeLoop or both. See the Call for more details. Now you have twice the motivation […]

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The revolution will be screencast

Richard Gabriel and I are planning a workshop at SPLASH focused on screencast demos: The Future Programming Workshop. This will be a workshop in the sense of a writer’s workshop: the participants will present their talks/demos and the group will critique them. After the workshop people will revise their screencasts to be published on our […]

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Hello Lamdu

Interesting new work: Lamdu [Hacker News discussion] from Eyal Lotem and Yair Chuchem. They aren’t showing a lot of results yet, but I really like the espoused principles of the project. This is worth keeping an eye on. They are building an advanced IDE for a variant of Haskell with keyword arguments and structural record […]

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The importance of simplicity

From: Leo A. Meyerovich and Ariel S. Rabkin. Empirical Analysis of Programming Language Adoption. OOPSLA 2013.

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Subtext 5 – Teaser Trailer

I made a screencast explaining the new type system of Subtext 5: type as subtext I have also refreshed the subtext website and redirected it to

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Separation of Concerns

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Leaked transcript of censored Bret Victor talk

Another masterpiece from Bret Victor: The Future of Programming. What you probably don’t know is that his talk was actually an hour long. The second half was censored from the internet by an as yet unexplained mechanism. Luckily his talk was written on sheets of cellulose which survived the digital attack. I have seen these slides […]

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Getting to simple

There is one gigantic problem with programming today, a problem so large that it dwarfs all others. Yet it is a problem that almost no one is willing to admit, much less talk about. It is easy to illustrate:

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State of the Dart

Coding again at last! In Dart. Herewith are my initial experiences with Dart.

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Time is of the Essence

The following is an abstract of a position statement for the Live programming workshop at ICSE.

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Down the rabbit hole of types

Time for a progress report, now that I have some progress to report. I didn’t get much research done last semester because I was teaching a new class: 6.170 Software Studio. It was a noble experiment with mixed results, but that is another story. Back in March I presented the latest version of Subtext at the IFIP […]

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Turing on programming

The process of constructing instruction tables should be very fascinating. There need be no real danger of it ever becoming a drudge, for any processes that are quite mechanical may be turned over to the machine itself. – Turing, A. M., 1946, Proposed electronic calculator, report for National Physical Laboratory, Teddington So was Turing wrong, or are […]

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The voice whispering bulllshhhiiittt

Zed Shaw has another awesome rant at I agree with much of what he says about both the web and OO. I don’t see the causal connection though: they both suck, but it is probably just a coincidence. However the best part of the talk was when he invoked the voice in the back of […]

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