Collaborative Software Exploration with the HTC Vive in ExplorViz

Hansen, Malte (2018) Collaborative Software Exploration with the HTC Vive in ExplorViz (Bachelor thesis), Kiel University, Kiel, 74 pp

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The complexity of software is constantly increasing and therefore understanding software can be challenging. Especially for projects in which many developers are involved, it is of great importance to use technologies for the acquisition and transfer of knowledge of software. Visualizations of software landscapes are one possible approach for this task. However, with the help of visualization alone, exploring unknown software is still a potentially challenging and time-consuming task. In this thesis we present a new approach using virtual reality for exploring software landscapes collaboratively. We are building on top of the research tool ExplorViz, which provides technologies to visualize software landscapes. We use technologies like the HTC Vive to allow the collaborative exploration of software in virtual reality. ExplorViz is a Webbased application and thus our approach is mostly platform independent.
With the use of a microservice architecture and WebSocket connections to exchange data we strive to achieve both modular expandability and good performance for the real-time user environment. As a proof of concept, we conducted a usability evaluation with 22 probands.
The results of this evaluation indicate for a good usability. Additionally, the user feedback gives indications for further improvements and paves the way for a future study to evaluate our approach in comparison to other ways of exploring software collaboratively.

Document Type: Thesis (Bachelor thesis)
Thesis Advisors: Hasselbring, Wilhelm and Zirkelbach, Christian
Keywords: Virtual Reality, Software Exploration, Software Visualization
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
Kiel University
Projects: ExplorViz
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2018 09:21
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2018 07:20

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