Future of Coding

A Visual History of Eve: 2014 - 2018

In early 2014, Chris Granger et al raised 2.3M in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz with the mission of democratizing programming.

They spent their first two years building 30+ prototypes of graphical programming tools. Most of their prototypes enabled users to build interactive visual applications, such as TodoMVC or FourSquare.

Two years in, they released Eve v0.2 as the first prototype available to the public. It was a browser-based literate programming environment. Despite all of the graphical programming prototypes, Eve v0.2 was a text-based language. It was inspired by Dedalus (from the BOOM Lab), which in turn is based on Datalog, a subset of Prolog.

They continued iterating on Eve v0.2, and blogged about v0.3 and v0.4, but never released hosted versions of either. Eve shut down in early 2018 after failing to find an acquirer.

Thanks to the Eve team: Chris Granger, Corey Montella, Josh Cole, Rob Attorri, Eric Hoffman, and Jamie Brandon. You were an inspiration.

Aurora

First seen at StrangeLoop 2013. Discussed in this retrospective ("January 2014" section).

TableEve

Discussed in this retrospective ("February 2014" section).

WhenDo Madlibs

Discussed in this retrospective ("April 2014" section).

Excel Eve

Discussed in this retrospective ("September 2014" section).

First Syntax

Discussed in the Oct 2014 and Nov 2014 entries.

Direct Manipulation & Tables

Demoed at StrangeLoop 2015.

FiveSquare

Discussed in March-June 2015. Also demoed at StrangeLoop 2015.

GraphEve (a.k.a. Eve v0)

Discussed in July-September 2015. Also demoed at StrangeLoop 2015.

MadLibs Notebook

Discussed in July-September 2015. Also demoed at StrangeLoop 2015.

Grid Eve

Discussed in October-November 2015.

CardWiki

Discussed in October-November 2015.

MarkdownEve

Discussed in January-February 2016.

WikiEve

Discussed in January-February 2016.

WikiGrid

Discussed in March 2016 and April 2016.

REPLv1

Discussed in March 2016.

REPLv2

Discussed in April 2016.

Eve v0.1

Discussed in Chris's "Two years of Eve" and July 2016.

Eve v0.2

Discussed in October 2016. See it in action at "Eve: A day in the life". It can be used online at play.witheve.com.

Eve v0.3

Discussed in March 2017 and various release notes. This version was eventually skipped in favor of v0.4.
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Eve v0.4

Discussed in July 2017, this version was moved to Rust for faster performance.

Smalltalk Eve

Discussed at Splash 2017. Additional demo here.