Software Visualization

Visualizing the Structure, Behaviour, and Evolution of Software

  • Stephan Diehl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Pages 1-13
  3. Pages 15-33
  4. Pages 149-160
  5. Pages 161-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-187

About this book


Software visualization encompasses the development and evaluation of methods for graphically representing different aspects of software, including its structure, its execution, and its evolution. Software visualization combines techniques from areas like software engineering, programming languages, data mining, computer graphics, information visualization and human-computer interaction.

So far, there exist only anthologies and proceedings about software visualization. With this book, Stephan Diehl has written the first textbook on software visualization. As such it targets both students and teachers in computer science. Topics covered include static program visualization, algorithm animation, visual debugging, as well as the visualization of the evolution of software. The author's presentation emphasizes common principles and provides different examples mostly taken from seminal work. In addition, each chapter is followed by a list of exercises including both pen and paper exercises, as well as programming tasks. Although written mostly for graduate students, the book will also be a source for researchers in both academia and industry, as it will provide a broad and systematic overview of the area including many pointers to tools available today.


Debugging algorithms animation architecture computer graphics computer-aided design (CAD) data mining information visualization programming programming language software architecture software engineering visualization

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephan Diehl
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich InformatikUniversität TrierTrierGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-46504-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-46505-8
  • Buy this book on publisher's site