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Conway, Matthew, Audia, Steve, Burnette, Tommy, Cosgrove, Dennis and Christiansen, Kevin (2000): Alice: Lessons Learned from Building a 3D System for Novices. In: Turner, Thea, Szwillus, Gerd, Czerwinski, Mary, Peterno, Fabio and Pemberton, Steven (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 2000 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 1-6, 2000, The Hague, The Netherlands. pp. 486-493.

We present lessons learned from developing Alice, a 3D graphics programming environment designed for undergraduates with no 3D graphics or programming experience. Alice is a Windows 95/NT tool for describing the time-based and interactive behavior of 3D objects, not a CAD tool for creating object geometry. Our observations and conclusions come from formal and informal observations of hundreds of users. Primary results include the use of LOGO-style egocentric coordinate systems, the use of arbitrary objects as lightweight coordinate systems, the launching of implicit threads of execution, extensive function overloading for a small set of commands, the careful choice of command names, and the ubiquitous use of animation and undo.

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Pierce, Jeffrey S., Audia, Steve, Burnette, Tommy, Christiansen, Kevin, Cosgrove, Dennis, Conway, Matthew, Hinckley, Ken, Monkaitis, Kristen, Patten, James, Shochet, Joe, Staack, David, Stearns, Brian, Sturgill, Chris, Williams, George and Pausch, Randy (1997): Alice: Easy to Use Interactive 3D Graphics. In: Robertson, George G. and Schmandt, Chris (eds.) Proceedings of the 10th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology October 14 - 17, 1997, Banff, Alberta, Canada. pp. 77-78.

Alice is a rapid prototyping system used to create three dimensional graphics simulations like those seen in virtual reality applications. Alice uses an interpreted language called Python as its scripting language to implement user actions. This interactive development environment allows users to explore many more design options than is possible in a compiled language environment. The alpha version of Alice for Windows 95 is available for free over the internet, with the beta release scheduled for August.

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