Soft Cloud: A Tool for Visualizing Software Artifacts as Tag Clouds

Ra'Fat Ahmad AL-msie'deen




Software artifacts visualization helps software developers to manage the size and complexity of the software system. The tag cloud technique visualizes tags within the cloud according to their frequencies in software artifacts. A font size of the tag within the cloud indicates its frequency within a software artifact, while the color of a tag within the cloud uses just for aesthetic purposes. This paper suggests a new approach (SoftCloud) to visualize software artifacts as a tag cloud. The originality of SoftCloud is visualizing all the artifacts available to the software program as a tag cloud. Experiments have conducted on different software artifacts to validate SoftCloud and demonstrate its strengths. The results showed the ability of SoftCloud to correctly retrieve all tags and their frequencies from available software artifacts.







أداة لتصور وثائق البرنامج على شكل سحابة العلامات



 يساعد تصور وثائق البرنامج (software artifacts) مطوري البرامج على إدارة حجم وتعقيد البرنامج. تقنيات التصور المستندة إلى سحابة العلامة (tag cloud)، تصور العلامات داخل السحابة وفقا لمعدل تكرارها في وثائق البرنامج. يشير حجم خط العلامة (font size) داخل السحابة إلى تردد العلامة في وثيقة البرنامج. يستخدم لون العلامة (color) داخل السحابة لأغراض جمالية فقط. يقترح هذا البحث نهجًا جديدا (SoftCloud) لتصور وثائق البرنامج على شكل سحابة العلامات. تكمن أصالة SoftCloud في أنها تصور جميع الوثائق المتاحة للبرنامج على شكل سحابة العلامة. للتحقق من صحة SoftCloud، وإثبات نقاط قوتها، أجريت التجارب على وثائق البرنامج المختلفة. أظهرت النتائج قدرة SoftCloud على استرداد جميع العلامات وتردداتها بشكل صحيح من وثائق البرنامج المتاحة.



Software engineering, software visualization, information visualization, software source code, JavaDocs, tag clouds.

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