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Augmenting IDEs with Runtime Information for Software Maintenance

ByDavid Röthlisberger

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In this dissertation we address the question how to augment IDEs with dynamic information to better navigate scattered code while at the same time not overwhelming developers with even more information in the IDE views. We claim that by first reducing the amount of information developers have to deal with, we are subsequently able to embed dynamic information in the familiar source perspectives of IDEs to better comprehend and navigate large software spaces. We propose means to reduce or mitigate the information by highlighting relevant source elements, by explicitly representing working context, and by automatically housekeeping the workspace in the IDE. We then improve navigation of scattered code by explicitly representing dynamic collaboration and software features in the static source perspectives of IDEs. We validate our claim by conducting empirical experiments with developers or by analyzing recorded development sessions.

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Publication Date
May 4, 2010
Language
English
ISBN
9781445760261
Category
Computers & Technology
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): David Röthlisberger

Specifications

Pages
322
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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