Copy-Paste Tracking: Fixing Spreadsheets Without Breaking Them

Abstract : Spreadsheets are the most popular live programming environments, but they are also notoriously fault-prone. One reason for this is that users actively rely on copy-paste to make up for the lack of abstraction mechanisms. Adding abstraction however, introduces indirection and thus cognitive distance. In this paper we propose an alternative: copy-paste tracking. Tracking copies that spreadsheet users make, allows them to directly edit copy-pasted formulas, but instead of changing only a single instance, the changes will be propagated to all formulas copied from the same source. As a result, spreadsheet users will enjoy the benefits of abstraction without its drawbacks.
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Proceedings of the International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC, 2015), 2015, Leeds, United Kingdom. 2015
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F. Hermans, Tijs Van Der Storm. Copy-Paste Tracking: Fixing Spreadsheets Without Breaking Them. Proceedings of the International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC, 2015), 2015, Leeds, United Kingdom. 2015. 〈hal-01261473〉

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