I read an article today about Natural Programming. This really piques my interest, because the psychologists have had to study how humans wish to translate their thoughts into a working program. Of course, the research done has necessarily been limited in scope and domain. I read that some of their programming environments have been tested and designed for children, and thought that this serves a very good starting point. (Zen mind, beginner’s mind)
I should really look more into this, as the knowledge gleaned would service itself greatly in designing a language good for a new OS (which would hopefully prove itself much easier to use).
Natural programming languages and environments
Communications of the ACM September 2004/Vol. 47, No. 9
by Brad A. Myers, John F. Pane, Andy Ko