Query Technologies and Applications for Program Comprehension

Verbaere, Mathieu; Godfrey, Michael W.; Gîrba, Tudor (2008). Query Technologies and Applications for Program Comprehension. In: Proceedings of the 16th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension ICPC 2008, 10-13 June, Amsterdam (pp. 285-288). Washington, DC: IEEE Computer Society 10.1109/ICPC.2008.27

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Industrial software systems are large and complex, both in terms of the software entities and their relationships. Consequently, understanding how a software system works requires the ability to pose queries over the design-level entities of the system. Traditionally, this task has been supported by simple tools (e.g., grep) combined with the programmer's intuition and experience. Recently, however, specialized code query technologies have matured to the point where they can be used in industrial situations, providing more intelligent, timely, and efficient responses to developer queries. This working session aims to explore the state of the art in code query technologies, and discover new ways in which these technologies may be useful in program comprehension. The session brings together researchers and practitioners. We survey existing techniques and applications, trying to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches, and sketch out new frontiers that hold promise.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
UniBE Contributor: Girba, Tudor Adrian
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Language: English
Submitter: Factscience Import
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 15:22
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2013 14:05
Publisher DOI: 10.1109/ICPC.2008.27
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/37139 (FactScience: 206797)

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