IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2005: Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2005 pp 823-834

Logging Events Crossing Architectural Boundaries

  • Gregory S. Hartman
  • Len Bass
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11555261_65

Volume 3585 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Hartman G.S., Bass L. (2005) Logging Events Crossing Architectural Boundaries. In: Costabile M.F., Paternò F. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2005. INTERACT 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3585. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


We describe an approach to study the long-term use of GUI applications that supplements a log of low-level events with additional data gathered at the applications’ architectural boundaries. We implement a preliminary system based on this approach and apply it to two applications. For the second application, we compare the data collected with our technique to data collected with manual instrumentation. We demonstrate that our technique is easy to apply to new applications and captures information missed by manual instrumentation. This additional information is helpful in answering questions about the use of the application. However, our technique generates large logs and does not yet capture all of the information needed to study the use of applications. We conclude with proposals for rectifying these deficiencies in future systems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory S. Hartman
    • 1
  • Len Bass
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Software Research InternationalCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Software Engineering InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA