Light Table (software)

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Light Table
Light Table logo.png
Original author(s) Chris Granger, Robert Attorri
Developer(s) Kodowa
Initial release 12 April 2012; 5 years ago (2012-04-12)[1]
Preview release
0.8.1 / 21 January 2016; 18 months ago (2016-01-21)[2][3]
Written in ClojureScript[4]
Type Integrated development environment
License MIT [5]

Light Table is an integrated development environment for software engineering developed by Chris Granger and Robert Attorri. It features real-time feedback allowing instant execution, debugging and access to documentation.[6] The instant feedback provides an unusual execution environment intended to help developing abstractions.[7]

The development team attempted to create a program which shows the programmer what the effects of their additions are in real-time, rather than requiring them to work out the effects as they write the code.[8] Though the program began by only supporting Clojure, it has since aimed to support Python and JavaScript due to their popularity.[7] The developers claim that the software can reduce programming time by up to 20%.[7]

It was financed by a Kickstarter fundraising campaign and subsequently backed by Y Combinator.[9] The Kickstarter campaign aimed to raise $200,000 USD and finished with $316,720 USD.[8]

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  1. ^ Granger, Chris (12 April 2012). "Light Table - a new IDE concept". Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  2. ^ Evitt, Kenny (21 January 2016). "Release 0.8.1". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  3. ^ Rundberget, Magnus (21 January 2016). "ANN: Light Table version 0.8.1 released". Light Table Discussion (Mailing list). Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  4. ^ Chris Granger (24 Jan 2013). "The IDE as a value". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ LightTable - License, Chris Granger, retrieved 2014-11-13 
  6. ^ Craig Grannell. "Light Table: a better way to write code". net. 
  7. ^ a b c Lynley, Matt (August 28, 2012). "Meet Light Table: A Startup That Will Literally Change The Way App Development Works". Business Insider. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Finley, Klint (January 20, 2014). "Out in the Open: These Hackers Want to Give You Coding Superpowers". Wired. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Ha, Anthony (August 21, 2012). "Y Combinator S12 Demo Day Batch 4: Meet Vayable, Light Table, viaCycle, and Others". Tech Crunch. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 

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