Allen Cypher

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Substantial contributions in the research, design, and implementation of innovative end-user applications. Created several novel end user tools for applications that previously required programming skills. Interests in intelligent interfaces, personalization, customizable software, user experience design, prototyping and instruction.

I am currently working at Socratic Arts on automated mentoring. I previously worked at Microsoft on Programming by Example and at IBM Almaden on the CoScripter project and text analytics. My book No Code Required came out in April 2010. Prior to that, I was one of the founders of Stagecast Software. I was in the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer for 9 years. My main projects at Apple were CocoaEager, and the book Watch What I Do.

I received a B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University, and spent several years as a post-doc and Sloan Fellow in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. I have worked on projects for leading figures such as Roger Schank, Don Norman, Alan Kay, and Larry Tesler.          my PGP public key






Three 3-minute Demos

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Koala Stanford 2006 Google 2010


No Code Required book "No Code Required: Giving Users Tools to Transform the Web" is an edited volume of current research on end user programming on the web. It was published in April 2010 by Morgan Kaufmann and is available at Amazon.
CoScripter CoScripter is a smart macro recorder for the Firefox web browser.  You can record your actions in the browser, replay them, and share them with others.
Stagecast I am a co-inventor of Stagecast Creator, a program that enables children to create their own games and simulations, and to publish them on the World Wide Web. Creator was originally called KidSim, and then Cocoa.
Eager was one of the first intelligent agents. It constantly watches your actions on the computer, and when it detects a repetitive activity, it writes a program which will perform that activity for you.

"Watch What I Do: Programming by Demonstration" was published in 1993 by MIT Press. It describes 18 different programming by demonstration systems, has a preface by Alan Kay, and includes a chronology, a test suite, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography.

The entire text of the book is available on the web.

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Good Reads


Animals in our yard

Animals in our yard

Vacation Photo

Vacation Photo
Yes, I know what the Uffizi is: it's the big building next to Ora d'Aria. (Scroll to the right)



Desktop pictures

A view of the Rockies taken from my hang glider over Telluride, CO

I have other hang gliding photos.

A monk in Bangkok.

I have some photos of Nepal, including a 360 degree panorama of Chukung in the Everest region, and some other travel photos.



Andy Cockburn on Vampire Andy Cockburn on Vampire: He's rightside up in New Zealand.


Dealing with Typing Injury