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3rd IEEE International Workshop on Visualizing Software for Understanding and Analysis

Date 25-25 Sept. 2005

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  • [Cover]

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  • Copyright page

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  • Table of contents

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  • Message from the Organizers

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  • Organizing Committee

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  • All things UML [Breaker page]

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  • SAB - The Software Architecture Browser

    Publication Year: 2005, Page(s):1 - 6
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    Sab is a tool for automatic generation of class diagrams from Java code. In addition to hierarchical layout, it features a wealth of user interaction facilities for dealing with complex software. Its main trait, however, is its support for visualizing hierarchical layers of a system. Sab is well suited for exploring and reengineering arbitrary systems, including the standard libraries. The central... View full abstract»

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  • Interactive Exploration of UML Sequence Diagrams

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    Sequence diagrams are commonly used to represent object interactions in software systems. Reverse-engineered sequence diagrams, which are constructed from existing code, are becoming widely available to more programmers through modern commercial and research UML tools. However, due to their large size and inefficient spatial design, such diagrams can easily become useless. We discuss the visual li... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluating UML Class Diagram Layout based on Architectural Importance

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    The paper presents and assesses a layout scheme for UML class diagrams that takes into account the architectural importance of a class in terms of its stereotype (e.g., boundary, control, entity). The design and running of a user study is described. The results of the study supports the hypothesis that layout based on architectural importance is more helpful in class diagram comprehension compared... View full abstract»

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  • Metrics and more [breaker page]

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  • Visual Exploration of Combined Architectural and Metric Information

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    We present MetricView, a software visualization and exploration tool that combines traditional UML diagram visualization with metric visualization in an effective way. MetricView is very easy and natural to use for software architects and developers yet offers a powerful set of mechanisms that allow fine customization of the visualizations for getting specific insights. We discuss several visual a... View full abstract»

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  • Visual Realism for the Visualization of Software Metrics

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    The visualization techniques used in current software visualization frameworks make use of a limited set of graphical elements to highlight relevant aspects of a software system. Typical examples of such elements are text, simple geometric shapes and uniform color fills. Although human visual perception enables rapid processing of additional visual cues like shading and texture, they are not used.... View full abstract»

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  • Multi-level Method Understanding Using Microprints

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    Understanding classes and methods is a key activity in object-oriented programming, since classes represent the primary abstractions from which applications are built, while methods contain the actual program logic. The main problem of this task is to quickly grasp the purpose and inner structure of a class. To achieve this goal, one must be able to overview multiple methods at once. In this paper... View full abstract»

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  • Software change and evolution [Breaker page]

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  • White Coats: Web-Visualization of Evolving Software in 3D

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    Versioning systems to store, handle, and retrieve the evolution of software systems have become a common good practice for both industrial and open-source software systems, currently exemplified by the wide usage of the CVS system. The stored information can then be manually retrieved over a command line or looked at with a browser using the ViewCVS tool. However, the information contained in the ... View full abstract»

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  • Fractal Figures: Visualizing Development Effort for CVS Entities

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    Versioning systems such as CVS or Subversion exhibit a large potential to investigate the evolution of software systems. They are used to record the development steps of software systems as they make it possible to reconstruct the whole evolution of single files. However, they provide no good means to understand how much a certain file has been changed over time and by whom. In this paper we prese... View full abstract»

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  • Interactive Visual Mechanisms for Exploring Source Code Evolution

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    The visual code navigator (VCN) is an ongoing effort to build a visual environment for interactive visualization of large source code bases. We present two techniques that extend the previous work done on the VCN. We propose an efficient and effective mechanism for specifying and visualizing queries on the source code. Next, we show a new project evolution view that offers global insight in change... View full abstract»

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  • The Past, Present, and Future of Software Visualization

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  • The Paradox of Software Visualization

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    Software visualization seems like such a logical and helpful concept with obvious benefits and advantages. But after decades of research and work, it has yet to be successful in any mainstream development environment. What is the reason for this paradox? Will software visualization ever be actually widely used? In this paper we argue that most past and current work in the field (our own included) ... View full abstract»

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  • Towards More Flexibility in Software Visualization Tools

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    Software visualization has been researched for years, but current IDEs lack support for modern visualization techniques. It seems that the tools are either focused and not applicable to a broad range of tasks, or they are generic but do not provide good support for specific tasks. What is needed are tools that provide flexibility to customize the visualization technique, layout, and appearance, an... View full abstract»

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  • User Perspectives on a Visual Aid to Program Comprehension

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    In an experiment to investigate the utility of variable dependency diagrams, the unsolicited comments of the participants provide important insights into the characteristics of effective visualisations. The data obtained during the experiment provides support for these insights and suggests that to be effective, visualisations must unify the information they provide with the needs of programmers. ... View full abstract»

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  • A Framework for Software Architecture Visualisation Assessment

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    In order to assess software architecture visualisation strategies, we qualitatively characterize then construct an assessment framework with 7 key areas and 31 features. The framework is used for evaluation and comparison of various strategies from multiple stakeholder perspectives. Six existing software architecture visualisation tools and a seventh research tool were evaluated. All tools exhibit... View full abstract»

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  • Relationships in Software

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  • The Dominance Tree in Visualizing Software Dependencies

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    Dominance analysis from graph theory allows one to locate subordinated software elements in a rooted dependency graph. It identifies the nesting structure for a dependency graph as a dominance tree, and, hence, adds information not immediately visible in large and complex graphs. Moreover, the subordination (or locality) can be leveraged for drawing dependency graphs. This paper envisions ways to ... View full abstract»

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  • Exploring Relations within Software Systems Using Treemap Enhanced Hierarchical Graphs

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    The clear and meaningful visualization of relations between software entities is an invaluable tool for the comprehension, evaluation, and reengineering of the structure of existing software systems. This paper presents an interaction and representation scheme for the visualization and exploration of complex hierarchical graphs to analyze relations within software systems. Thereby aggregated parts... View full abstract»

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