The Moldable Inspector

Chis, Vasile-Andrei; Girba, Tudor Adrian; Nierstrasz, Oscar Marius; Syrel, Aliaksei (2015). The Moldable Inspector. In: Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on New Ideas, New Paradigms, and Reflections on Programming and Software. Onward! 2015 (pp. 44-60). New York, NY, USA: ACM 10.1145/2814228.2814234

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Object inspectors are an essential category of tools that allow developers to comprehend the run-time of object-oriented systems. Traditional object inspectors favor a generic view that focuses on the low-level details of the state of single objects. Based on 16 interviews with software developers and a follow-up survey with 62 respondents we identified a need for object inspectors that support different high-level ways to visualize and explore objects, depending on both the object and the current developer need. We propose the Moldable Inspector, a novel inspector model that enables developers to adapt the inspection workflow to suit their immediate needs by making the inspection context explicit, providing multiple interchangeable domain-specific views for each object, and supporting a workflow that groups together multiple levels of connected objects. We show that the Moldable Inspector can address multiple kinds of development needs involving a wide range of objects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Software Composition Group (SCG)
UniBE Contributor: Chis, Vasile-Andrei; Girba, Tudor Adrian; Nierstrasz, Oscar Marius and Syrel, Aliaksei
Subjects: 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics
Series: Onward! 2015
Publisher: ACM
Language: English
Submitter: Oscar Marius Nierstrasz
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 07:53
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 11:51
Publisher DOI: 10.1145/2814228.2814234
Uncontrolled Keywords: scg-pub scg15, snf-asa1, Andrei Chis, Tudor Girba
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.82272
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82272

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