Document Type thesis Author Name Kurtz, Benjamin L URN etd-0715102-145615 Title A Runtime Software Visualization Environment Degree MS Department Computer Science Advisors George Heineman, Advisor Matthew Ward, Co-Advisor Keywords java software visualization probes event notification Date of Presentation/Defense 2002-08-08 Availability unrestricted
As software systems become more complex, so does the task of understanding them. To modify even a simple component of a complex system, at least a rudimentary understanding of the structure and behavior of the whole system is necessary. Although currently available development tools can provide a static representation of a complex system, these utilities are severely limited and prohibitively expensive. As a result, most programmers working on large software systems today resort to classic debuggers and time-consuming plain-text searches through hundreds or thousands of source files. This proposal describes a software development environment that uses static representations of hierarchically structured source code side by side with dynamic visualizations of software systems as they run. This environment provides an intuitive, visual means of easily comprehending complex systems, and has been provided as an open-source development tool for both professionals and students of software engineering.
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