Uniquifying Architecture Visualization through Variable 3D Model Generation

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Software visualization facilitates the interactive exploration of large-scale code bases, e.g., to rediscover the architecture of a legacy system. Visualizations of software structure suffer from repetitive patterns that complicate distinguishing different subsystems and recognizing previously visited parts of an architecture. We leverage variability-modeling techniques to "uniquify" visualizations of subsystems via custom-tailored 3D models of recognizable landmarks: For each subsystem, we derive a descriptor and translate it to a (random but deterministic) configuration of a feature model of variable 3D geometry to support large numbers of different 3D models while capturing the design language of a particular type of landmark. We devised a hybrid variant derivation mechanism using a slots-and-hooks composition system for 3D geometry as well as adjusting visual characteristics, e.g., material. We demonstrate our method by creating various different trophies as landmarks for the visualization of a software system.
Titel17th International Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems : VaMoS 2023
UdgivelsesstedOdense, Denmark
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publikationsdatojan. 2023
Sider77 - 81
ISBN (Trykt)979-8-4007-0001-9/23/01
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2023


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