Experimental Data for: Exploring Software Cities through Virtual Reality

Fittkau, Florian, Krause, Alexander and Hasselbring, Wilhelm (2015) Experimental Data for: Exploring Software Cities through Virtual Reality ZENODO.

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Abstract

Software visualizations, such as the software city metaphor, are usually displayed on 2D screens and controlled by means of a mouse and thus often do not take advantage of more natural interaction techniques. Virtual reality (VR) approaches aim to improve the user experience. Emerging new technologies, like the Oculus Rift, dramatically enhance the VR experience at an affordable price. Therefore, new technologies have the potential to provide even higher immersion - and thus benefits - than previous VR approaches.

We present a VR approach to explore software visualizations following the software city metaphor by using a head-mounted display and gesture-based interaction. Furthermore, we detail our gesture design and how we implemented this approach into our web-based ExplorViz tool. As first evaluation, we conducted structured interviews where participants had to solve three program comprehension tasks and rate the usability of the used gestures and general VR experience for program comprehension.

The participants of our interviews rated the developed gestures for translation, rotation, and selection as highly usable. However, our zooming gesture was less favored. In general, the subjects see potential for virtual reality in program comprehension.

This package contains our experimental data.

Document Type: Other
Keywords: ExplorViz
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Computer Science > Software Engineering
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
DOI etc.: 10.5281/zenodo.23168
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Projects: ExplorViz
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 09:15
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 09:15
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/29367

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