Google’s Tiny Languages

I am struck by how my friends, my english major, only use a computer for e-mail and myspace friends are unwittingly becoming programmers.

It’s all google’s fault.

They’ve gone and taught my friends some domain specific languages. Any of this look familiar?

chinese near 5503 roosevelt way, seattle

on google maps. Or

dentist appointment in seattle from 4pm to 5pm

on google calendar.

What is this world coming to? And more importantly, if “dentist appointment from 4pm to 5pm” is a DSL, what about the interface that lets you select an appointment over that same time period by dragging and dropping? Where is the line between DSL and UI? Or is it starting to blur a little?


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