First-class artifacts as building blocks for live in-IDE documentation

Patkar, Nitish; Chis, Andrei; Stulova, Nataliia; Nierstrasz, Oscar (2022). First-class artifacts as building blocks for live in-IDE documentation. In: IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering (SANER). 10.1109/SANER53432.2022.00016

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A traditional round-trip engineering approach based on model transformations does not scale well to modern agile development environments where numerous artifacts are produced using a range of heterogeneous tools and technologies. To boost artifact connectivity and maintain their consistency, we propose to create and manage software-related artifacts as first-class entities directly in an integrated development environment (IDE). This approach has two advantages: (i) compared to employing separate tools, creating various artifacts directly within a development platform eliminates the necessity to recover trace links, and (ii) first-class artifacts can be composed into stakeholder-specific live document-artifacts. We detail and exemplify our approach in the Glamorous Toolkit IDE (henceforth, Glamorous toolkit), and discuss the results of a semi-structured pilot survey we conducted with practitioners and researchers to evaluate its usefulness in practice.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Software Composition Group (SCG) [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Patkar, Nitish Shriniwas, Chis, Vasile-Andrei, Stulova, Nataliia, Nierstrasz, Oscar


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems




Oscar Nierstrasz

Date Deposited:

15 Aug 2022 13:42

Last Modified:

26 Jul 2023 10:49

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scg-pub snf-asa3 scg22 jb22 snf-imad




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