Tracking User Actions for the Web-Based Front End of ExplorViz

Kosche, Maria (2013) Tracking User Actions for the Web-Based Front End of ExplorViz (Bachelor thesis), Kiel University, Kiel, Germany, 51 pp

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Abstract

User tracking is a useful method for locating usability problems. The topic of this thesis is
the tracking of user actions in the web-based front end of ExplorViz, a visualisation tool
for software landscapes. It is written with the Google Web Toolkit and its architecture is
the client-server model. Evaluated tools such as Google Analytics and Piwik require the
usage of JavaScript and are therefore not directly compatible with GWT. Evaluated instrumentation
frameworks such as Tiny AOP and GIN lack actuality and are not compatible
with current versions of GWT.
To develop a tracking method for ExplorViz a simple but working method was used.
Tracking functions were integrated directly into the code and the GWT remote procedure
call technique was used for passing tracking records from the client to the server. The
tracking records are stored in a CSV formatted file for further processing. The evaluation
shows that the developed tracking method covers all requirements. Future work
includes the auto-generated visualisation of the tracking records and the development of
an instrumentation framework for GWT.

Document Type: Thesis (Bachelor thesis)
Thesis Advisors: Hasselbring, Wilhelm and Fittkau, Florian
Keywords: Tracking, ExplorViz, WebGL
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Computer Science > Software Engineering
Projects: ExplorViz, Kieker
Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 06:57
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 08:43
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/21337

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