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Light Table: A New Spin on the IDE 137

New submitter omar.sahal writes "Bret Victor demoed the idea of instant feedback on your code. ... Allowing the programmer to instantly see what his program is doing. Chris Granger has turned this novel idea into Light Table — a new IDE designed to make use of Victor's insights." The screenshots make this look like it could be genuinely useful — like a much fancier and more functional combination of features from SLIME and Speedbar. There's a Google group for those wanting to track development. There's no code yet, but source is promised: "I can guarantee you that Light Table will be built on top of the technologies that are freely available to us today. As such, I believe it only fair that the core of Light Table be open sourced once it is launched, while some of the plugins may remained closed source."
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Light Table: A New Spin on the IDE

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  • funding (Score:5, Informative)

    by vlm ( 69642 ) on Monday April 16, 2012 @09:30AM (#39699579)

    Here's the funding plan:

    I'm happy to announce that we submitted our Kickstarter earlier today and are simply waiting for it to be reviewed.

    In other news, to save everyone the time, I'll point out that 100 people are going to post the lighttable does what smalltalk did in the 80s. As with all IT and most CS stuff, there really is nothing new under the sun, just recycling. That doesn't mean its bad, or reimplementation of a good idea is bad, just that it isn't new.

  • by robmv ( 855035 ) on Monday April 16, 2012 @10:09AM (#39699843)

    So, you want Smalltalk code browsers []. This IDE concept is nothing new, Smalltalk had that kind of code browising from the start and the concept of a live image where every code change is done in a live vm. The only thing I see new here is some "modern" "HTMLy" UI

  • Re:What's new? (Score:5, Informative)

    by omar.sahal ( 687649 ) on Monday April 16, 2012 @10:52AM (#39700163) Homepage Journal
    Watch this, his lectue and demo and then tell me it's the same as we already have, and that a man charged with designing new forms of human computer interaction at Apple didn't know this. Also please respond with why he wasted our time telling us something that already comonly exsisted in the software world, as well as how the confrence organisor and who ever aproved posting missed all this. [] I was happy to see my post on slashdot. It's quite heavily edited, but this has improved the post. One question for slashdot, is the reason many posts get rejected due to posters needing heavy editing and this not having been done in the past.

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