SourceMiner - A Multi-perspective Software Visualization Environment

Glauco de F. Carneiro, Manoel Gomes de Mendonça


In spite of the available resources provided by modern IDEs, program understanding remains as a very difficult and important task in software engineering. This paper presents a software visualization environment named SourceMiner. Implemented as an Eclipse plug-in to enhance software comprehension activities, SourceMiner is an extensible, interactive and coordinated multi-perspective environment. It is multi-perspective because it provides sets of views that allow programmers to look at the software from different points of view. It is coordinated because views are linked to each other, and consistently respond to the actions executed by the programmers on the environment. It is interactive in the sense that programmers can dynamically configure visual scenarios to better support the building of mental models. It is extensible because its architecture was designed to facilitate the inclusion of new views to the environment. This paper describes the principles behind the design of SourceMiner, and discusses how it has been used to support software comprehension activities such as the identification of code smells and the characterization of object-oriented software systems.


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Paper Citation

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de F. Carneiro G. and Gomes de Mendonça M. (2013). SourceMiner - A Multi-perspective Software Visualization Environment . In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-8565-60-0, pages 25-36. DOI: 10.5220/0004420400250036

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author={Glauco de F. Carneiro and Manoel Gomes de Mendonça},
title={SourceMiner - A Multi-perspective Software Visualization Environment},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,
TI - SourceMiner - A Multi-perspective Software Visualization Environment
SN - 978-989-8565-60-0
AU - de F. Carneiro G.
AU - Gomes de Mendonça M.
PY - 2013
SP - 25
EP - 36
DO - 10.5220/0004420400250036