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Using Icicle Trees to Encode the Hierarchical Structure of Source Code

Authors: 

Ivan Bacher, Brian MacNamee, John Kelleher

Publication Type: 
Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
Abstract: 
This paper presents a study which evaluates the use of a tree visualisation (icicle tree) to encode the hierarchical structure of source code. The tree visualisation was combined with a source code editor in order to function as a compact overview to facilitate the process of comprehending the global structure of a source code document. Results from our study show that providing an overview visualisation led to an increase in accuracy and a decrease in completion time when participants performed counting tasks. However, in locating tasks, the presence of the visualisation led to a decrease in participants' performance.
Conference Name: 
EuroVis 2016 - Short Papers, The Eurographics Association,
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.2312/eurovisshort.20161168
Publication Date: 
02/11/2016
Institution: 
National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD)
Open access repository: 
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