Embedding Moose Facilities Directly in IDEs

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Executive Summary

Moose is a powerful reverse engineering platform, but its facilities and means to analyze software are separated from the tools developers typically use to develop and maintain their software systems: development environments such as Eclipse, VisualWorks, or Squeak. In practice, this requires developers to work with two distinct environments, one to actually develop the software, and another one (e.g., Moose) to analyze it. The authors worked on several different techniques, using both dynamic and static analyzes to provide software analysis capabilities to developers directly in the IDE. The immediate availability of analysis tools in an IDE significantly increases the likelihood that developers integrate software analysis in their daily work, as they discovered by conducting user studies with developers.

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