I’ve added some select DRAKON shapes for creating flowcharts. The Python code in the lower right editor is generated from the flowchart, and the output from the run is shown on the left.
PyLint is also now integrated into FlowSharpCode’s PythonCompilerService. This really improves the development process as many syntactical errors are detected before even running the code.
Also, the code generator creates an execution tree which independent of the language syntax, which means that support for other languages is easily added. Now granted, the code itself in each of the DRAKON shapes is Python code, but I have some ideas of how to make that code agnostic as well.
Article posted on Code Project here.
Classical flowcharting is definitely obsolete, however, in my opinion, a visual way of programming that supports both low-level and higher-level expression of concepts is a path to reduce the translation effort required to take human meaning and convert it into machine meaning. It also seems to me that such an approach can become a viable mechanism for an AI to actually write original programs, using building blocks that humans (or the AI) has previously written and most importantly, for us humans to visual whatever it is that the AI creates in a way that is comprehensible to us humans. With virtual reality, we should be able to create programs in a 3 dimensions, and even watch another programmer (or AI) create / modify existing programs.
Actually the name of the application is FlowSharpCode, but VAPORware sounds more fun!
This is purely a concept piece. It’s intended to either inspire or cause an eye rolling “what a crazy idea” reaction. It is crazy, in my opinion, but in a sense it’s crazy because in my limited use cases so far, it works. And because it’s so crazy, the majority of this article will not be written, it’ll be screenshots of the application in use. The problem with this approach is that it ends up sort of looking like a PowerPoint presentation, which is hard to avoid!