Mon 26 Oct 2015 11:10 - 11:30 at Grand Station 5 - Tools Chair(s): Thomas LaToza

We present a Lightweight Integrated Code Visualization (LICV) tool designed to aid programmers using Integrated Development Environments (IDEs). LICV is implemented as a plug-in for the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers. LICV continuously tracks the active editor in the IDE and visualizes up to 24 code features in a designated non-intrusive view. LICV is designed to facilitate fast understanding of the structure of the code in order to help users carry out routine programming tasks. It enables users to zoom, filter, search, and go back and forth between the code and the visualization via direct manipulation. We conducted a formative evaluation of LICV by carrying out two user studies which compared LICV against regular Eclipse in four tasks. We found that LICV significantly reduced participants’ completion times by nearly 50% for three out of four tasks. Further, participants significantly preferred using LICV to perform the tasks.

Aiding Programmers using Lightweight Integrated Code Visualization (plateau2015-kristensson.pdf)393KiB

Mon 26 Oct
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10:30 - 12:00
ToolsPLATEAU at Grand Station 5
Chair(s): Thomas LaTozaGeorge Mason University
10:30
20m
Talk
Frequency Distribution of Error Messages
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David PritchardUniversity of Waterloo, Canada
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10:50
20m
Talk
An Evaluation of the DiaSuite Toolset by Professional Developers
PLATEAU
Milan KabáčUniversity of Bordeaux / Inria Bordeaux / LaBRI, Nic VolanschiInria Bordeaux, Charles ConselUniversity of Bordeaux
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11:10
20m
Talk
Aiding Programmers using Lightweight Integrated Code Visualization
PLATEAU
Per Ola KristenssonUniversity of Cambridge, Chung Leung LamUniversity of Cambridge
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11:30
10m
Talk
Towards moldable development tools
PLATEAU
Andrei ChişUniversity of Bern, Switzerland, Tudor Gîrbatudorgirba.com, Switzerland, Oscar NierstraszUniversity of Bern, Switzerland
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11:40
13m
Talk
Understanding the Effects of Code Presentation
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Jason JacquesUniversity of Cambridge, Per Ola KristenssonUniversity of Cambridge
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