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DGT-AR: Visualizing Code Dependencies in AR

Revista : IEEE International Conference on Software Visualization
Tipo de publicación : Conferencia No DCC Ir a publicación


Analyzing source code dependencies between components within a program is an essential activity in software development. While various software visualization tools have been proposed to aid in this activity, most are limited to desktop applications. As a result, the potential impact of augmented reality (AR) on improving dependency analysis remains largely unexplored. In this paper, we present DGT-AR, a node-link visualization tool for code dependencies in immersive augmented reality. DG T-AR extends the physical screen space of IDEs to the infinite virtual space. That is, developers neither have to sacrifice screen space nor leave the IDE and use third-party applications. We present the preliminary results of a pilot user study along with four key lessons learned. Additionally, we have made DGT-AR publicly available.