Mar 9th 2015

Automated Visual Software Analytics (openHPI)

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In this course, we explore how the effectiveness of software development projects can be pro-actively improved by applying concepts, techniques, and tools from software diagnosis. The term "software diagnosis" refers to recently innovated techniques from automated software analysis and software visual analytics that aim at giving insights into information about complex software system implementations, the correlated software development processes, and the system evolution.
As precondition, our interested learners for this course shall have general knowledge about software development processes and procedures and have experience in IT-systems development or software maintenance.

To this end, all common, traditionally separated infomation sources of software development get automatically extracted, related, and combined. The ultimate goals of these techniques are to provide not only software engineers but also all other stakeholders better instruments to monitor, to comprehend, to discuss, and to steer software development activities. In particular we will investigate how "software maps" as cartography-oriented, general-purpose, powerful visual analytics instruments can be used to improve software development effectiveness and transparency.

This course is especially interesting for - IT-project managers - Software developers, software testers and software engineers - Software architects and modelers - Parties responsible for financing the IT-development in a company

Basic Modules:

1. Complex software and software "engineering": a dilemma

2. Facets of software complexity

3. Key principles and methods of automated software analysis

4. Key principles and methods of software visualization

5. Concepts of software diagnosis

6. Diagnosis of statics information

7. Diagnosis of dynamics information

8. Diagnosis of evolution-related information

9. Information mining for complex software systems

10. Information mapping for complex software systems

11. Software maps - getting insights into hierarchy information

12. Application scenario: discovering developer involvement

13. Application scenario: discovering "code that smells"

14. Application scenario: monitoring system redesign processes

15. Application scenario: discovering implementation hierarchy modifications

16. Hierarchical bundle views - getting insights into relations

17. Application scenario: system refactoring and decoupling subsystems

18. Trace views - getting insights into software system dynamics

19. Application scenario: comparing feature execution of two software versions

20. Knowing instead of Believing: How software diagnosis improves effectiveness

21. Literature and further readings

Advanced Modules:

1. Software maps and layout algorithms

2. Software maps based on Voronoi maps

3. Efficient rendering of large software maps