Visualizing Arrays in the Eclipse Java IDE

B. Alsallakh, P. Bodesinsky, S. Miksch, D. Nasseri:
"Visualizing Arrays in the Eclipse Java IDE";
in:"16th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering", T. Mens, A. Cleve, R. Ferenc (Hrg.); IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, California, USA, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-7695-4666-7, S. 541 - 544.

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Abstract:


The Eclipse Java debugger uses an indented list to
view arrays at runtime. This visualization provides limited insight
into the array. Also, it is cumbersome and time-consuming to
search for certain values at an unknown index. We present a new
Eclipse plugin for visualizing large arrays and collections while
debugging Java programs. The plugin provides three views to
visualize the data. These views are designed to support different
tasks more efficiently. A tabular view gives detailed information
about the elements in the array, such as the value of their field
variables. A line chart aims to depict the values of a numerical
field over the array. Lastly, bar charts and histograms show how
the values of a field are distributed. We show how these views
can be used to explore linear data structures and hashes from
the Collections Framework. The plugin features tight integration
with the Eclipse IDE, and is freely available as an open-source
project. Developers┬┤ feedback confirmed the utility of the plugin
to explore large arrays in real-world scenarios.