The Intangible System: What does an Executing Software System Look Like?

For decades the same limited set of questions have been asked within debuggers, but what about all those other questions that are asked but cannot be answered within the context of today's debuggers? For example, what does the data flow for this project look like in real-time? Or what are the variable values that affect the value of variable X here?

The debugging environment has been stepped-over and ignored for years without taking into consideration the needs of current software engineers. This research re-focuses on the needs of modern software engineers and plans an investigation into whether Software Visualisation is supportive in answering such questions using abstractions of the software system.

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