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Visualisation Research Group

 

Visualisation Research Group

Dept. Computer Science

Durham Universitym

Science Site, South Road

Durham, DH1 3LE

United Kingdom

 
 
 

FileVis

Peter Young and Malcolm Munro

 

FileVis

The File Visualisation (FileVis) is a structural visualisation which is aimed at providing high level program information in order to assist the maintainer in familiarising themselves with a new software system. This familiarisation phase is typically the first point at which the maintainer will see the code or system they will be working on. Often this system will be completely alien to them and will require some initial investigation just to get some idea or feel for what they are dealing with. FileVis hopes to aid this process by creating a visual representation of the software system and allowing the maintainer to navigate through the code and investigate areas of interest. One of the main advantages of this approach is that it produces a physical (visual) manifestation of the system - you can actually see it as an object as opposed to a number of files in a directory. Characteristics and features can be made out and areas of interest can be quickly identified and investigated. The key point is that the software system is no longer an abstract mass of information, it has become something tangible, you can see the software.

 

 

Related Publications

Visualising Software in Virtual Reality Peter Young and Malcolm Munro Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Program Comprehension (IWPC 1998), Ischia, June 1998

 

 
 
 
 
 

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