Reuse of Debuggers for Visualization of Reuse


Authors: Robert Biddle, Stuart Marshall, John Miller-Williams, Ewan Tempero
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We have been investigating tool support for managing reuse of source code. One approach we have been exploring is the use of program visualization in programming tools. A difficulty with this approach is that effective program visualization of ordinary programs requires substantial sophisticated low-level software. Our solution to this problem is to reuse debugging systems in an innovative way. We present our experience with this approach, both to evaluate the reusability of the debugging systems we used, and to provide a case study in reuse.

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