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COOTS 1998 Abstract

Execution Patterns in Object-Oriented Visualization

Wim De Pauw, David Lorenz,
John Vlissides, and Mark Wegman
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center


Execution patterns are a new metaphor for visualizing execution traces of object-oriented programs. We present an execution pattern view that lets a programmer visualize and explore a program's execution at varied levels of abstraction. The view employs visual, navigational, and analytical techniques that accommodate lengthy, real-world traces. By classifying repetitive behavior automatically into high-order execution patterns, we drastically reduce the information a programmer must assimilate, with little loss of insight.
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