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Towards Immersive Software Archaeology: Regaining Legacy Systems’ Design Knowledge via Interactive Exploration in Virtual Reality

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Many of today’s software systems will become the legacy systems of tomorrow, comprised of outdated technology and inaccurate design documents. Preparing for their eventual re-engineering requires engineers to regain lost design knowledge and discover re-engineering opportunities. While tools and visualizations exist, comprehending an unfamiliar code base remains challenging. Hence, software archaeology suffers from a considerable entry barrier as it requires expert knowledge, significant diligence, tenacity, and stamina. In this paper, we propose a paradigm shift in how legacy systems’ design knowledge can be regained by presenting our vision for an immersive explorable software visualization in virtual reality (VR). We propose innovative concepts leveraging benefits of VR for a) immersion in an exoteric visualization metaphor, b) effective navigation and orientation, c) guiding exploration, and d) maintaining a link to the implementation. By enabling immersive and playful legacy system exploration, we strive for lowering the entry barrier, fostering long-term engagement, strengthening mental-model building, and improving knowledge retention in an effort to ease coping with the increased number of tomorrow’s legacy systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE ’21)
Number of pages4
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date20 Aug 2021
Pages1455-1458
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2021
EventThe 29th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering - Athens, Greece, Athens, Greece
Duration: 23 Aug 202128 Aug 2021
https://2021.esec-fse.org/

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ConferenceThe 29th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering
LocationAthens, Greece
LandGreece
ByAthens
Periode23/08/202128/08/2021
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  • Legacy Software, Software Engineering, Software Re-Engineering, Software Visualization, Software Archaeology, Virtual Reality

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    Unleashing the Potentials of Immersive Augmented Reality for Software Engineering

    Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

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