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User-Centered Programming Language Design in the Obsidian Smart Contract Language

@article{Coblenz2019UserCenteredPL,
  title={User-Centered Programming Language Design in the Obsidian Smart Contract Language},
  author={Michael J. Coblenz and Gauri Kambhatla and Paulette Koronkevich and Jenna Wise and Celeste Barnaby and Jonathan Aldrich and Joshua Sunshine and Brad A. Myers},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2019},
  volume={abs/1912.04719}
}
Programming language designers commonly guess what language designs would be best for their users and create languages accordingly. The outcome of this is languages that are difficult to use and error-prone. In particular, blockchain programs have been plagued by serious bugs. Although techniques from the theory of programming languages can detect many of these kinds of bugs, languages that use these techniques have been too difficult for programmers to use effectively. We have developed… Expand

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