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Title:CodeSkimmer: a novel visualization tool for capturing, replaying, and understanding fine-grained change in software
Author(s):Simmons, Connor
Advisor(s):Bailey, Brian P.
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
eclipse plugin
code change
understanding change
understanding code
code skimming
code playback
user interface
playback speed
replay speed
code filter
Abstract:Understanding change in software development is a time-intensive yet essential task. Developers must understand the evolution of code in order to properly write, revise, and refactor their own additions. Historically, version control systems were the central method for interpreting how a software project has changed over time. However, these systems are limited in the amount of information they can convey and in the ways they allow users to understand change. My thesis is a new way of understanding code change. We created CodeSkimmer, a plug-in for Eclipse that can replay every action a developer took while using the editor. The plug-in offers several ways to aid in interpreting the playback. A visualization shows users, graphically, the types of changes that occurred while social, textual, and temporal filters are provided to mark points of interest in the set of recorded operations. These interesting operations are then highlighted through automatic alteration in the playback speed as well as through different visual methods.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Connor L Simmons
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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