Towards Actionable Visualization for Software Developers

Although abundant studies have shown how visualization can help software developers to perform their daily tasks, visualization is still not a common practice since developers have little support for adopting a proper visualization for their needs.

In this paper we review the 368 papers published in SOFTVIS/VISSOFT venues and identify 86 design study papers that describe how visualization is used to alleviate various difficulties in software development. We classify these studies into groups of questions by service, process and problem domain that we collected from the research on software development community, and highlight the characteristics of each study. On the one hand, we support software developers to put visualization in action by mapping existing techniques to particular needs of various services, processes and problem domains. On the other hand, we help researchers in the field by exposing problem domains with little visualization support. We found a disconnect between the problem domains on which visualization have focused and the domains that get the most attention from practitioners.

We publicly offer the complete set of extracted data in our study in CSV and Excel format.

The figure below shows a visualization of the universe of 346 papers published in SOFTVIS/VISSOFT. An image for Pharo 4 can be obtained here.

Refereed Papers in International Conferences

  1. Leonel Merino, Mohammad Ghafari, and Oscar Nierstrasz. Towards Actionable Visualisation in Software Development. In VISSOFT'16: Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization, IEEE, 2016. DOI PDF 

Leonel Merino, Mohammad Ghafari, Oscar Nierstrasz

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