Welcome to the Summer 2003 edition of the Psychology of Programming newsletter.  

It was nice to see so many of you at this years workshop.  Many thanks go to the workshop organisers at Keele University for doing a fantastic job, creating an entertaining, energetic and successful event.

In this issue, Jim Buckley presents a brief description of the last workshop.  This is then followed by some information about  PPIG '04, to be hosted by Enda Dunican.  More information will be available in due course.

Pamela O'Shea, like Jim, also from the University of Limerick presents her PhD research proposal. Her article discusses some of the main issues with Software Visualisation Tools and some reasons why they may not have been widely adopted in industry.

This issue also sees the return of two previous columns: spotlight on PPIGers, and musings from the trenches.  We can also find (now) old favorites, reading as fresh and as entertaining as ever.  Again, many thanks goes to Frank for his doddery fodder.  I personally think that his latest contribution is his is his funniest yet.

Many thanks also go to the other contributors.  Remember, this is your newsletter. If you have read a paper, book or discover a new journal that you feel may be of interest to the PPIG community, please do tell us.

We would especially like to hear from the psychologists, sociologists, linguists and architects among you. This is a field that is fascinatingly interdisciplinary. Do tell us of your methodologies, views and opinions. We would love to hear from you. Sometimes it feels as if the programming 'P' within PPIG speaks louder than the psychology 'P'. Both are of interest, and both undeniably important.

We are also interested to hear of how old PPIG members are getting along, even if you have drifted away into other academic avenues of endeavor. If you remember us at all, do get in touch.

As I wrote within the last newsletter, please feel free to send me inclusions, comments (and corrections?) at any time. I am always happy to hear from you.

Looking forward to seeing you all next year!

Chris Douce

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