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Towards end-user development of graphical user interfaces for internet of things

Johnsson, Björn A. LU and Magnusson, Boris LU (2017) In Future Generation Computer Systems
Abstract

Graphical user interface (GUI) development is generally complicated, time-consuming, and requires programming knowledge. In the context of the internet of things, this work focuses on producing an efficient development approach that also supports non-experts. We introduce a novel "inverted" development approach that does not require program code to be written - a step towards supporting end-user development in the given context. The approach is realized as a language for describing GUIs, interpreters for rendering GUIs, and a graphical tool for creating and editing GUIs. The work is evaluated in a number of research projects in the domain of e-health; we conclude that the GUI language is practically viable for building... (More)

Graphical user interface (GUI) development is generally complicated, time-consuming, and requires programming knowledge. In the context of the internet of things, this work focuses on producing an efficient development approach that also supports non-experts. We introduce a novel "inverted" development approach that does not require program code to be written - a step towards supporting end-user development in the given context. The approach is realized as a language for describing GUIs, interpreters for rendering GUIs, and a graphical tool for creating and editing GUIs. The work is evaluated in a number of research projects in the domain of e-health; we conclude that the GUI language is practically viable for building professional-grade GUIs. Furthermore, the presented editor is compared directly to a market leading product in a controlled experiment. From this, we conclude that the editor is accessible to new users, and that it can be more efficient to use than the commercial alternative.

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Development tools, E-health, End-user development, Graphical user interfaces, Internet of things, Middleware
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Future Generation Computer Systems
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10.1016/j.future.2017.09.068
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  author       = {Johnsson, Björn A. and Magnusson, Boris},
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  keyword      = {Development tools,E-health,End-user development,Graphical user interfaces,Internet of things,Middleware},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Future Generation Computer Systems},
  title        = {Towards end-user development of graphical user interfaces for internet of things},
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  year         = {2017},
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