Supporting task-oriented navigation in IDEs with configurable HeatMaps
Mainstream IDEs generally rely on the static structure of a software project to support browsing and navigation. We propose HeatMaps, a simple but highly configurable tech- nique to enrich the way an IDE displays the static structure of a software system with additional kinds of information. A HeatMap highlights software artifacts according to var- ious metric values, such as bright red or pale blue, to in- dicate their potential degree of interest. We present a pro- totype system that implements HeatMaps, and we describe an initial study that assesses the degree to which different HeatMaps effectively guide developers in navigating soft- ware.