The Intentional Software Demo

April 21, 2009

Microsoft billionaire Charles Simonyi disappeared from the public eye years ago, muttering about changing the way people program. He founded a company called Intentional Software which largely kept quiet and seemed to do nothing. It turns out you should never trust a silent genius billionaire—as evidenced by a demo they gave at a domain-specific language conference.

Here’s the video on MSDN. The most interesting part is roughly between 31 minutes and 41 minutes.

Here are some tantalizing screenshots I took from the demo:

Rich editing interface in an IDE

Rich editing interface in an IDE

A graphical, editable projection of a circuit in a programmer's development environment

A graphical, editable projection of a circuit in a programmer's development environment

Executable editable equations inline in a document

Executable editable equations inline in a document

Tests for business rules specified in tabular format

Tests for business rules specified in tabular format

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2 Responses to “The Intentional Software Demo”

  1. Alicia Says:

    WHAT! That’s ridiculous.

  2. Neil Says:

    I guess the real question is how much work goes on behind the scenes to make those demos work. Say I wanted to turn the EE demo into one for climate models. How much work do I have to do to get the workbench to a place where the domain experts can actually use it?

    He says it is 2k LOC for the pension workbench, but what kind of code? Could I get up to speed on it quickly?


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