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We discuss live coding inside of a virtual reality environment using specialized virtual reality equipment. While prior research on live coding has primarily focused on using keyboard and mouse input, we argue this is not appropriate for virtual reality environments, where users cannot see a physical keyboard. We have created a new environment, named “Meng”, that focuses on embodied gestures, voice recognition, and in-world graphic user interfaces to enable users to program in a more embodied style while immersed in the virtual world they are creating. We conducted a user study to evaluate our environment; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions participants used an alternative version of our software meant for use with typical desktop computers. Participants indicated that Meng is a live coding system that has immersive visual effects, and that most readily adapted to using the new input mechanisms we placed in the environment. We released Meng—and two associated plugins for voice input and rendering ray marchers—as open-source plugins for Unreal Engine 4.

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