Supporting Task-oriented Navigation in IDEs with Configurable HeatMaps

Röthlisberger, David; Nierstrasz, Oscar; Ducasse, Stéphane; Pollet, Damien; Robbes, Romain (2009). Supporting Task-oriented Navigation in IDEs with Configurable HeatMaps. In: The 16th IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension, ICPC 2008, 10-13 June 2008, Amsterdam (pp. 253-257). Washington, DC: IEEE Computer Society

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Mainstream IDEs generally rely on the static structure of a software project to support browsing and navigation. We propose HeatMaps, a simple but highly configurable technique to enrich the way an IDE displays the static structure of a software system with additional kinds of information. A heatmap highlights software artifacts according to various metric values, such as bright red or pale blue, to indicate their potential degree of interest. We present a prototype system that implements heatmaps, and we describe an initial study that assesses the degree to which different heatmaps effectively guide developers in navigating software.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
UniBE Contributor: Röthlisberger, David and Nierstrasz, Oscar Marius
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Language: English
Submitter: Factscience Import
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 15:22
Last Modified: 04 May 2014 23:27
URI: (FactScience: 207115)

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