Cracking the Cocoa Nut: User Interface Programming at Runtime

James Eagan 1 Michel Beaudouin-Lafon 2, 3 Wendy E. Mackay 2, 4
2 IN-SITU - Situated interaction
LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11, Inria Saclay - Ile de France, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR8623
4 InSitu
LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique
Abstract : This article introduces runtime toolkit overloading, a novel approach to help third-party developers modify the interaction and behavior of existing software applications without access to their underlying source code. We describe the abstractions provided by this approach as well as the mechanisms for implementing them in existing environments. We describe Scotty, a prototype implementation for Mac OS X Cocoa that enables developers to modify existing applications at runtime, and we demonstrate a collection of interaction and functional transformations on existing off-the-shelf applications. We show how Scotty helps a developer make sense of unfamiliar software, even without access to its source code. We further discuss what features of future environments would facilitate this kind of runtime software development.
Document type :
Conference papers
Liste complète des métadonnées

Cited literature [23 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00997886
Contributor : Michel Beaudouin-Lafon <>
Submitted on : Monday, June 2, 2014 - 7:47:36 PM
Last modification on : Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 3:26:45 PM
Document(s) archivé(s) le : Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:45:45 AM

File

Scotty-HAL.pdf
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

Collections

Citation

James Eagan, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Wendy E. Mackay. Cracking the Cocoa Nut: User Interface Programming at Runtime. UIST 2011: Proceedings of the 24th ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Oct 2011, Santa Barbara, CA, United States. pp.225--234, ⟨10.1145/2047196.2047226⟩. ⟨hal-00997886⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

1236

Files downloads

1329