Monthly Archives: November 2011

Replicating Human Subjects Studies in Software Engineering

Many software visualization tools exist but very few researchers conduct user studies with them, let alone do repeated or even replicated studies with the tools. Lung, Aranda, Easterbrook and Wilson attempted to replicate the study by Dehnadi and Bornat described … Continue reading

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Gestures for Refactoring Software

Keyboard Shortcuts (or hotkeys) and Mouse gestures for many computer applications such as the Firefox web browser mouse gestures add on have been very popular and help improve the speed at which the user can control the computer interface. Emerson … Continue reading

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Discovering New Tools

One of the issues with software visualization is the lack of adoption of software visualization tools by industry. Emerson Murphy-Hill and Gail Murphy conducted an interview based study to find out how programmers discover new tools or features of tools. … Continue reading

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Useful Software Engineering Research: Leading a Double-Agent Life

Lionel Briand gave an excellent keynote talk at the ICSM 2011 conference on Useful Software Engineering Research: Leading a Double-Agent Life.

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MODELS 2011

I attended MODELS 2011 recently since it was in my home city of Wellington, New Zealand. It was primarily organised by my colleague Thomas Kuehne who did a fantastic job since it was the week before the Rugby World Cup … Continue reading

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Stacksplorer – Call Graph Navigation

Researchers in the Media Computing Group at Aachen University created Stacksplorer for navigating call graphs of software systems. They implemented the visualization technique in XCode as a plugin for ObjectiveC code. A paper on Stacksplorer: Call Graph Navigation Helps Increasing … Continue reading

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Visualizing Call Graphs

Struggling to navigate and explore code control flow? Then perhaps use REACHER an Eclipse IDE plugin tool developed by Thomas La Toza to visualize call graphs. A paper entitled Visualizing Call Graphs by Thomas La Toza was presented at VLHCC … Continue reading

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