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How does 3-D visualization work in software engineering?: empirical study of a 3-D version/module visualization system

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2 Author(s)
Koike, H. ; Graduate Sch. of Inf. Syst., Univ. of Electro-Commun., Tokyo, Japan ; Hui-Chu Chu

Version control and module management are very important in practical software development. In UNIX, RCS or SCCS is used in general as version control tools. They, however, have a couple of drawbacks. This paper proposed a solution for these issues by applying 3D visualization. The prototype system, VRCS, was developed. In our system, version information stored in the RCS history file is displayed as a 2D tree by taking the z-axis as time. Other 2D trees are laid out in 3D space in the same way. In our visualization, files which compose a certain release of the software are connected by a line called a relation link. By using GUIs, users can check in/out each version easily and interactively. More importantly, just by choosing the relation link, a certain release is rebuilt automatically. Three comparative experiments between VRCS and RCS were conducted to know the effectiveness of VRCS. The result shows that VRCS is faster in checking in/out than RCS

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Software Engineering, 1998. Proceedings of the 1998 International Conference on

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19-25 Apr 1998

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