Sci Tech Book News

December 1993

Programming by Demonstration (PBD) is a remarkable method that allows end users to create, customize, and extend programs by demonstrating what the program should do. This volume, which grew out of a workshop held at Apple Computer in March 1992, investigates the various issues that arise in trying to make this idea practical. The first section describes 18 computer implementations of PBD, and the second section discusses the problems and opportunities for PBD in more general terms. Included in the appendices is a test suite, a collection of practical examples illustrating the broad variety of tasks that are amenable to PBD.
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