Autumn Leaves: Curing the Window Plague in IDEs

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Autumn Leaves: Curing the Window Plague in IDEs
—Navigating large software systems is difficult as the various artifacts are distributed in a huge space, while the relationships between different artifacts often remain hidden and obscure. As a consequence, developers using a modern interactive development environment (IDE) are forced to open views on numerous source artifacts to reveal these hidden relationships, leading to a crowded workspace with many opened windows or tabs. Developers often lose the overview in such a cluttered workspace as IDEs provide little support to get rid of unused windows. AutumnLeaves automatically selects windows unlikely for future use to be closed or grayed out while important ones are displayed more prominently. This reduces the number of windows opened at a time and adds structure to the developer’s workspace. We validate AutumnLeaves with a benchmark evaluation using recorded navigation data of various developers to determine the prediction quality of the employed algorithms.
David Röthlisberger, Oscar Nierstrasz, St&eac
Added 21 May 2010
Updated 21 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where WCRE
Authors David Röthlisberger, Oscar Nierstrasz, Stéphane Ducasse
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