Spotter: towards a unified search interface in IDEs

Syrel, Aliaksei; Chis, Vasile-Andrei; Girba, Tudor Adrian; Kubelka, Juraj; Nierstrasz, Oscar Marius; Reichhart, Stefan (2015). Spotter: towards a unified search interface in IDEs. In: Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming, and Applications: Software for Humanity. SPLASH Companion 2015 (pp. 54-55). New York, NY, USA: ACM 10.1145/2814189.2817269

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Program comprehension requires developers to reason about many kinds of highly interconnected software entities. Dealing with this reality prompts developers to continuously intertwine searching and navigation. Nevertheless, most integrated development environments (IDEs) address searching by means of many disconnected search tools, making it difficult for developers to reuse search results produced by one search tool as input for another search tool. This forces developers to spend considerable time manually linking disconnected search results. To address this issue we propose Spotter, a model for expressing and combining search tools in a unified way. The current implementation shows that Spotter can unify a wide range of search tools. More information about Spotter can be found at

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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:

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


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


SPLASH Companion 2015






Oscar Nierstrasz

Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2016 12:58

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:27

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




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