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A Tool for Visual Understanding of Source Code Dependencies


Pinzger, M; Gräfenhain, K; Knab, P; Gall, H C (2008). A Tool for Visual Understanding of Source Code Dependencies. In: International Conference on Program Comprehension, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10 June 2008 - 13 June 2008, 254-259.

Abstract

Many program comprehension tools use graphs to visualize
and analyze source code. The main issue is that existing
approaches create graphs overloaded with too much
information. Graphs contain hundreds of nodes and even
more edges that cross each other. Understanding these
graphs and using them for a given program comprehension
task is tedious, and in the worst case developers stop using
the tools. In this paper we present DA4Java, a graphbased
approach for visualizing and analyzing static dependencies
between Java source code entities. The main contribution
of DA4Java is a set of features to incrementally
compose graphs and remove irrelevant nodes and edges
from graphs. This leads to graphs that contain significantly
fewer nodes and edges and need less effort to understand.

Abstract

Many program comprehension tools use graphs to visualize
and analyze source code. The main issue is that existing
approaches create graphs overloaded with too much
information. Graphs contain hundreds of nodes and even
more edges that cross each other. Understanding these
graphs and using them for a given program comprehension
task is tedious, and in the worst case developers stop using
the tools. In this paper we present DA4Java, a graphbased
approach for visualizing and analyzing static dependencies
between Java source code entities. The main contribution
of DA4Java is a set of features to incrementally
compose graphs and remove irrelevant nodes and edges
from graphs. This leads to graphs that contain significantly
fewer nodes and edges and need less effort to understand.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:13 June 2008
Deposited On:28 Jan 2009 14:40
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 16:24
Official URL:http://www.cs.vu.nl/icpc2008/

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