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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-018-02-0143


Supporting End-User Development through a New Composition Model: An Empirical Study

David Lizcano (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Fernando Alonso (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Javier Soriano (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Genoveva López (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Abstract: End-user development (EUD) is much hyped, and its impact has outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts. Even so, the vision of end users programming their own solutions has not yet materialized. This will continue to be so unless we in both industry and the research community set ourselves the ambitious challenge of devising end to end an end-user application development model for developing a new age of EUD tools. We have embarked on this venture, and this paper presents the main insights and outcomes of our research and development efforts as part of a number of successful EU research projects. Our proposal not only aims to reshape software engineering to meet the needs of EUD but also to refashion its components as solution building blocks instead of programs and software developments. This way, end users will really be empowered to build solutions based on artefacts akin to their expertise and understanding of ideal solutions.

Keywords: domain experts, domain-specific software development, ecologies of participation, end-user development, end-user software engineering

Categories: H.5.2, C.2.4, D.1.7, D.2.2, D.3, H.4.m