Supporting task-oriented navigation in IDEs with configurable HeatMaps

Abstract : Mainstream IDEs generally rely on the static structure of a software project to support browsing and navigation. We propose HeatMaps, a simple but highly configurable technique to enrich the way an IDE displays the static structure of a software system with additional kinds of information. A heatmap highlights software artifacts according to various metric values, such as bright red or pale blue, to indicate their potential degree of interest. We present a prototype system that implements heatmaps, and we describe an initial study that assesses the degree to which different heatmaps effectively guide developers in navigating software.
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David Roethlisberger, Oscar Nierstrasz, Stéphane Ducasse, Damien Pollet, Romain Robbes. Supporting task-oriented navigation in IDEs with configurable HeatMaps. ICPC, May 2009, Vancouver, Canada. ⟨inria-00498454⟩

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