LIVE 2023
The Ninth Workshop on Live Programming

The Ninth Workshop on Live Programming (LIVE 2023) will take place online and in Cascais, Portugal, in conjunction with SPLASH 2023.

Key dates
Submission deadline: July 7, 2024 / Notification: August 16, 2024 / Workshop date: October 20-25, 2024 [TBD]
Format: hybrid workshop
Onsite venue: Cascais, Portugal / Online platform: (TBD)
Submission site: (closed)

Where UX meets PL

Programming is cognitively demanding, and too difficult. LIVE is a workshop exploring new user interfaces that improve the immediacy, usability, and learnability of programming. Whereas PL research traditionally focuses on programs, LIVE focuses more on the activity of programming.


Programmers don't materialise programs out of thin air, but construct them out of existing programs. Embracing this insight leads to a different focus at LIVE compared to traditional PL conferences. Here are some of the qualities that we care about:

Live. Live programming systems give the programmer immediate feedback on the output of a program as it is being edited, replacing the edit-compile-debug cycle with a fluid programming experience. Liveness can also mean providing feedback about how the static meaning of the program is changing, such as its type.
Structured. A program is highly structured and meaningful to the programmer, even in traditionally invalid states. “Structure-aware” programming environments understand and preserve that structure, and allow operations at the level of the structure, rather than at the level of raw text.
Tangible. In the traditional view of programs, execution takes place behind the scenes, and leaves little record of what happened. We are interested in programming systems that make execution transparent, tangible and explorable.
Concrete. People find it easier to start with concrete examples and generalise afterwards. Programming tools tailored to people will support this mode of working.

The majority of LIVE submissions are demonstrations of novel programming systems. Technical papers, insightful and clearly articulated experience reports, theoretical papers that propose and verify generalized principles, literature reviews, and position papers are also welcome.

Our goal is to provide a supportive venue where early-stage work receives constructive criticism. Whether graduate students or tenured faculty, researchers need a forum to discuss new ideas and get helpful feedback from their peers. Towards that end, we will allot about ten minutes for discussion after every presentation.

Call for submissions

The LIVE 2023 workshop invites submissions of ideas for improving the immediacy, usability, and learnability of programming. Live programming gives the programmer immediate feedback on the behavior of a program as it is edited, replacing the edit-compile-debug cycle with a fluid programming experience. The best-known example of live programming is the spreadsheet, but there are many others.

Submission Guidelines

LIVE 2023 is a hybrid conference and invites submissions for both in-person and remote presentations. LIVE welcomes demonstrations of novel programming systems, experience reports, theories that propose and verify generalized principles, literature reviews, and position papers. Topics of interest include:

  • live programming environments
  • visual programming
  • structure-aware editors
  • advances in REPLs, notebooks, and playgrounds
  • programming with typed holes, interactive programming
  • programming by example/demonstration
  • bidirectional programming
  • debugging and execution visualization techniques
  • language learning environments
  • alternative language semantics or paradigms in support of the above
  • theoretical frameworks for characterising technical or experiential properties of live programming

LIVE provides a forum where early-stage work will receive constructive criticism. Submissions may be short papers, web essays with embedded videos, or demo videos. A written 250 word abstract is required for all submissions. Videos should be up to 20 minutes long, and papers up to 6 pages long. Use concrete examples to explain your ideas. Presentations of programming systems should take care to situate the work within the history of such tools.

While LIVE welcomes early work and exploratory work, authors may optionally choose to have their work considered for inclusion in the workshop proceedings.

Submissions must be made at and are due on Wednesday July 12th, 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Wednesday August 9th, 2023.


Program Committee

Alessandro Warth
Ink & Switch
April Gonçalves
Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose
Aarhus University
Geoffrey Litt
Hidehiko Masuhara
Tokyo Tech
Joshua Horowitz
University of Washington
Jun Kato
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Justin Lubin
University of California, Berkeley
Molly Feldman
Oberlin College
Peter van Hardenberg
Ink & Switch
Simon Fowler
University of Glasgow
Sorin Lerner
University of California, San Diego
Steven Tanimoto
University of Washington
Tudor Girba