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Stargate: An Author-Centric Approach to Software Project Visualization

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Executive Summary

With the success of open source software projects, such as Apache and Mozilla, comes the opportunity to study the development process. In this paper, the authors present StarGate: A novel system for visualizing software projects. Whereas previous software project visualizations concentrated mainly on the source code changes, they literally place the developers in the center of the design. Developers are grouped visually into clusters corresponding to the areas of the file repository they work on the most. Connections are drawn between people who communicate via email. The changes to the repository are also displayed. With StarGate, it is easy to look beyond the source code and see trends in developer activity.

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