A Short Demo of Phlisped, the Graphical Programming Editor Experiment

As suggested by mako in the comments to the announcement post (if you haven’t read the announcement post, go ahead and do that), here’s a short demo of what it looks like to use phlisped. Some tips for experimenting: try h,j,k,l,d,i,u,R. They work as in vim. Also, ; is like : in vim, but different. Try also o,c,O,C,V,I. If you’re really adventurous, try v,L,n,N,. The mouse works too, and you can scroll/drag around your view. Oh, and F2 saves. I have no idea why I chose F2. There are other commands (check out the commands/ directory). I hope this is helpful, if you have any questions, just let me know.

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Phlisped: An Experiment in Graphical Programming

I know, I know. I promised to release the code to my graphical programming project months ago, and I didn’t. I’m an awful person. At any rate, without further ado, the code is now available on Github: https://github.com/philipcmonk/phlisped

Here’s a few screenshots of it in action. Some of these are from a little while ago. Yes, that’s xkcd.com/1190.


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A few notes:

  • I wanted to get some things working before I released it, but life caught up with me, and I just didn’t. So here’s a (semi-)stable version. If you want help getting it to work, let me know. I’d love to help you.
  • It depends mainly on Racket and openGL. I believe it also depends on ftgl, but it shouldn’t be hard to remove that dependency. If you have a problem with that, just let me know.
  • I’m still interested in graphical programming, but I’m not sure my approach is the right way to go forward. I would love to hear any positive or negative feedback on it. This project is not under active development, so I’m mostly throwing it out here to generate discussion.
  • I don’t really have docs written up, but go ahead and ask me if you have any questions. One hint: try vim-style keys (h,j,k,l,i,…) and to switch visualizations. Go ahead and experiment. There are features for some kinds of intelligent autocompletion, autorenaming, and some other bonus features that don’t have standard names.
  • See my other blog posts for some ideas of my philosophy in creating this. Also read the comments.

If anyone wants to contact me, you can go ahead and comment here or create an issue on Github. Alternatively, send me an email at pcmonk (at) asu.edu