Academically visual programming refers to programming using graphic notations instead of text coding. The industry has not adopted a visual programming because of two reasons.
- On contrary to common expectation that “one picture is more than a thousand words” most visual languages are harder to understand than text coding. A picture is easier to understand than text because it is more concrete. But graphic symbols in a visual language are highly abstractive and harder to grasp than words by laymen.
On the other hand, text coding IDE’s have much evolved into rich graphic user interfaces. Microsoft has thus called their computer languages “visual languages”: Visual Basic, Visual C#, etc. Visual language researchers are saying that these are not visual languages because they are text coding … Read More