I think every long-time programmer had this (similar) idea at least once.What I really want to do is make a tool where code is built visually and structurally. Something like node-based code, where code becomes this simple, beautiful web of structure. Function and data would be the same thing - just nodes, and structure would be created visually rather than syntactically.
It's imprinted into the programmer's head / DNA and part of the mass group conscious if you will .
There must be something better! This can't be everything in (a programmers) life!
You could call it the holy grail of IT - if you really can make this one happen as part of a general programming language, you would never need to buy yourself drinks again when Nerds are in the same bar (as if that would happen ).
There are some high-level, high earning programmers who have quit their job since its just sucking to try to 'talk to machines' in a way which is un-natural and so prone to errors.
Many have tried to build this node-language though - I know at least 4 projects which are all done for individual cases - but they all fail: they put up the 'bad strings and texts' in those nodes again.
I guess you need to be able to actually imagine this kind of concept - and this is which is really a problem since it will be VERY hard to come up with this stuff for general purposes.
If you can do it, Josh... do it. I just think that you will need 3x the time as for LT to do it right, but you could do it!
You know you would shape the global landscape of IT. Many will (have to) change jobs.