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Onward! 2018
Wed 7 - Thu 8 November 2018 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2018
Wed 7 Nov 2018 11:00 - 11:30 at The Loft - Usability and Reusability Chair(s): Elisa Gonzalez Boix

As modern computation platforms become increasingly complex, their programming interfaces are increasingly difficult to use. This complexity is especially inappropriate given the relatively simple core functionality that many of the computations implement. We present a new approach for obtaining software that executes on modern computing platforms with complex programming interfaces. Our approach starts with a simple seed program, written in the language of the developer’s choice, that implements the desired core functionality. It then systematically generates inputs and observes the resulting outputs to learn the core functionality. It finally automatically regenerates new code that implements the learned core functionality on the target computing platform. This regenerated code contains boilerplate code for the complex programming interfaces that the target computing platform presents. By providing a productive new mechanism for capturing and encapsulating knowledge about how to use modern complex interfaces, this new approach promises to greatly reduce the developer effort required to obtain software that executes on modern computing platforms.

Wed 7 Nov

10:30 - 12:00: Onward! Papers - Usability and Reusability at The Loft
Chair(s): Elisa Gonzalez BoixVrije Universiteit Brussel
onward-2018-papers10:30 - 11:00
Carol V. AlexandruUniversity of Zurich, José J. MerchanteUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Sebastiano PanichellaZurich University of Applied Science/University of Zurich, Sebastian ProkschUniversity of Zurich, Harald GallUniversity of Zurich, Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos
onward-2018-papers11:00 - 11:30
Martin RinardMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Jiasi ShenMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Varun MangalickMIT