Views from the past
The Views project was an outgrowth of the ABC project — the programming language that gave birth to Python. Views was specifically an effort to design a programming environment for the ABC programming language. Its main shortcoming may have been that it was ahead of its time. The Views system has been characterized as a browser avant la lettre; I will argue that it was much more than that.
Lambert Meertens became fascinated with computers at the age of 15, when he realized that there was no limit to the possibilities of computers but for the limitations of human imagination. This fascination has lasted to today. Enabling the general public to use computing technology productively and creatively has been a major motivation of his research.