Towards moldable development tools

Chis, Vasile-Andrei; Nierstrasz, Oscar Marius (2015). Towards moldable development tools. In: Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Evaluation and Usability of Programming Languages and Tools. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. 26.10.2015. 10.1145/2846680.2846684

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Developers commonly ask detailed and domain-specific questions about the software systems they are developing and maintaining. Integrated development environments (IDEs) form an essential category of tools for developing software that should support software engineering decision making. Unfortunately, rigid and generic IDEs that focus on low-level programming tasks, that promote code rather than data, and that suppress customization, offer limited support for informed decision making during software development. We propose to improve decision making within IDEs by moving from generic to context-aware IDEs through moldable tools. In this paper, we promote the idea of moldable tools, illustrate it with concrete examples, and discuss future research directions.

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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:

Chis, Vasile-Andrei, Nierstrasz, Oscar


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






Oscar Nierstrasz

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30 Jun 2016 08:03

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02 Mar 2023 23:27

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scg-pub scg15, snf-asa1, internationalworkshop Andrei Chis




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