Polaris: Providing context aware navigation in spreadsheets

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Spreadsheets are a successful example of an end-user programming language, and the spreadsheet paradigm shares several characteristics like composition, selection, and repetition with programming languages. There are compelling reasons that spreadsheets are code. For most programming languages, developers are supported by powerful IDEs. However, spreadsheets are missing such an IDE. In our current work we are researching how spreadsheet users could be supported by an IDE for spreadsheets and what kind of functionality should be included? As a preliminary result of this research, we introduce in this showpiece: Polaris, an excel Add-in that provides users with context-aware navigation in spreadsheets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC)
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Event2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2016 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20168 Sep 2016


Conference2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • programming environments
  • programming languages
  • spreadsheet programs
  • ubiquitous computing
  • context aware navigation
  • spreadsheets
  • end-programming language
  • integrated development environments
  • IDE
  • Polaris
  • Navigation
  • Switches
  • Computer languages
  • Software engineering
  • Visualization
  • Standards organizations

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