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.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


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:

Chis, Vasile-Andrei, Girba, Tudor Adrian, Nierstrasz, Oscar, Syrel, Aliaksei


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics


Onward! 2015






Oscar Nierstrasz

Date Deposited:

30 Jun 2016 07:53

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:27

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

scg-pub scg15, snf-asa1, Andrei Chis, Tudor Girba




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