Augmenting Static Source Views in IDEs with Dynamic Metrics

Röthlisberger, David; Härry, Marcel; Villazon, Alex; Ansaloni, Danilo; Binder, Walter; Nierstrasz, Oscar; Moret, Philippe (2009). Augmenting Static Source Views in IDEs with Dynamic Metrics. In: IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, ICSM 2009, 20-26 September 2009, Edmonton, AB (pp. 253-262). Washington, DC: IEEE Computer Society 10.1109/ICSM.2009.5306302

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Mainstream IDEs such as Eclipse support developers in managing software projects mainly by offering static views of the source code. Such a static perspective neglects any information about runtime behavior. However, object-oriented programs heavily rely on polymorphism and late-binding, which makes them difficult to understand just based on their static structure. Developers thus resort to debuggers or profilers to study the system's dynamics. However, the information provided by these tools is volatile and hence cannot be exploited to ease the navigation of the source space. In this paper we present an approach to augment the static source perspective with dynamic metrics such as precise runtime type information, or memory and object allocation statistics. Dynamic metrics can leverage the understanding for the behavior and structure of a system. We rely on dynamic data gathering based on aspects to analyze running Java systems. By solving concrete use cases we illustrate how dynamic metrics directly available in the IDE are useful. We also comprehensively report on the efficiency of our approach to gather dynamic metrics.

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
Publisher DOI: 10.1109/ICSM.2009.5306302
URI: (FactScience: 207116)

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