ICSME 2023
Sun 1 - Fri 6 October 2023 Bogotá, Colombia
Wed 4 Oct 2023 14:24 - 14:40 at Session 2 Room - RGD 04 - Tools and Environments Chair(s): Shurui Zhou, Christoph Treude

Re-architecting a software system requires significant preparation, e.g., to scope and design new modules with their boundaries and constituent classes. When planning an intended future state of a system as a re-engineering goal, engineers often fall recur to mechanisms such as freehand sketching (using a whiteboard). While this ensures flexibility and expressiveness, the sketches remain disconnected from the source code. The alternative, tool-supported diagramming on the other hand considerably restricts flexibility and impedes free-form communication.

We present a method for preparing the architectural software re-engineering via freehand sketches in virtual reality (VR) that can be seamlessly integrated with the model structure of a software visualization and, thus, also the code of a system, for productive use: Engineers explore a subject system in the immersive visualization, while freehand sketching their insights and plans. Our concept automatically interprets sketched shapes and connects them to the system’s source code, and superimposes code-level references into a sketch to support engineers in reflecting on their sketches.

We evaluated our method in an iterative interview-based case study with software developers from four different companies, where they planned a hypothetical re-engineering of an open-source software system.

Wed 4 Oct

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13:30 - 15:00
Tools and EnvironmentsResearch Track / Tool Demo Track / New Ideas and Emerging Results Track at Session 2 Room - RGD 04
Chair(s): Shurui Zhou University of Toronto, Christoph Treude University of Melbourne
Integrating Visual Aids to Enhance the Code Reviewer Selection Process
Research Track
Md Shamimur Rahman University of Saskatchewan, Debajyoti Mondal University of Saskatchewan, Zadia Codabux University of Saskatchewan, Chanchal K. Roy University of Saskatchewan
The Psychological Effects of AI-Assisted Programming on Students and Professionals
New Ideas and Emerging Results Track
Marcel Valový Prague University of Economics and Business, Alena Buchalcevová Prague University of Economics and Business
Breaking the Bento Box: Accelerating Visual Momentum in Data-flow Analysis
Research Track
James Yoo University of Washington, Gail Murphy University of British Columbia
PyAnaDroid: A fully-customizable execution pipeline for benchmarking Android Applications
Tool Demo Track
Rui António Ramada Rua University of Minho & INESC TEC, João Saraiva University of Minho, Portugal
Preparing Software Re-Engineering via Freehand Sketches in Virtual Reality
Research Track
Adrian Hoff IT University of Copenhagen, Christoph Seidl IT University of Copenhagen, Mircea F. Lungu University of Groningen, Michele Lanza Software Institute - USI, Lugano
Live Q&A
1:1 Q&A
Research Track