Software

Visual Exploration of Large-Scale Evolving Software

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Executive Summary

The comprehensive understanding of today's software systems is a daunting activity, because of the sheer size and complexity that such systems exhibit. Moreover, software systems evolve, which dramatically increases the amount of data one needs to analyze in order to gain insights into such systems. Indeed, software complexity is recognized as one of the major challenges to the development and maintenance of industrial-size software projects. The authors' vision is a 3D visualization approach which helps software engineers to build knowledge about their systems. They settled on an intuitive metaphor, which depicts software systems as cities.

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