Interactive data workflows from the team behind Luna

Wojciech Daniło 21 Sep, 2019

I am Wojciech Daniło, one of the founders of Luna, a data processing language meant to revolutionize the way people are able to gather, understand and manipulate data.

Luna was just released as Open Source project and I want to share with you my thoughts about the current state and the future of software development.

Data processing domains

Data processing software is around us. Self driving cars, automatic delivery drones, real-time health monitoring watches or light bulbs tracking your position to call elevators and manage air conditioning. Even if you press your car’s accelerator, you’re no longer controlling the throttle directly, the software does it for you. Human-software symbiosis is everywhere and we are so used to it that we often do not even notice it anymore.

Software became an integral part of our life because it allowed us to create “impossible”. Computers are able to gather and process huge amount of information in a fraction of second, something a human brain is just not designed to do. Moreover, in contrast to computers, people need to visualise information to understand it and for each particular data type they need highly tailored tools to manipulate it. It is much easier to understand pointers on a map, charts, genome visualization or a CAD drawing than adequate long list of numbers and coordinates.

What is Luna?

Luna is a WYSIWYG visual and textual, purely functional data processing language. Its goal is to revolutionize the way people are able to gather, understand and manipulate data.

Luna targets domains where data processing is the primary focus, including data science, machine learning, IoT, bioinformatics, computer graphics or architecture. Each domain requires a highly tailored data processing toolbox and Luna provides both an unified foundation for building such toolboxes as well as growing library of existing ones. At its core, Luna delivers a powerful data flow modeling environment and an extensive data visualization and manipulation framework.