Live Trace Visualization for System and Program Comprehension in Large Software Landscapes

The number of software systems in modern enterprise architectures is constantly increasing and thus also the complexity of such software landscapes. In addition, the knowledge of the internal behavior and utilization often gets lost. Software visualization can provide a solution to these challenges. For instance, UML or the city metaphor are established concepts. We utilize these concepts to visualize the communication and entities in a software landscape to ease system comprehension. Our ExplorViz approach visualizes the communication taking place on both the landscape level and the system level. In this paper, we present our PhD project: live trace visualization for system and program comprehension in large software landscapes. For this purpose, our research questions and a sketch of our approach, named ExplorViz, are described. Furthermore, this paper illustrates ideas for the planned evaluation of our approach.

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