Allen Cypher

My main research interests are programming by demonstration and end user programming -- giving all computer users capabilities that have traditionally belonged to programmers.

I am currently working on crowdsourcing at IBM Research - Almaden. I previously worked on the CoScripter project at IBM, and 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 Watch What I Do.

I received a B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1975, a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University in 1980, and spent several years as a post-doc in cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.          my PGP public key


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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.

Desktop pictures

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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.

Good Reads




Christmas Woodpecker

Our Annual New Years Card Photos (and movies)

Andy Cockburn on Vampire

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


Dealing with Typing Injury