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Spotter: towards a unified search interface in IDEs

Publikationsart Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Tagungsbeitrag (peer-reviewed)
Publikationsdatum 2015
Autor/in Syrel Aliaksei, Chiçs Andrei, Gîrba Tudor, Kubelka Juraj, Nierstrasz Oscar, Reichhart Stefan,
Projekt Agile Software Assessment
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Tagungsbeitrag (peer-reviewed)

Titel der Proceedings Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Systems, Programming,
DOI 10.1145/2814189.2817269


Program comprehension requires developers to reason about many kinds of highly interconnected software entities. Dealing with this reality prompts developers to continuously intertwine searching and navigation. Nevertheless, most integrated development environments (IDEs) address searching by means of many disconnected search tools, making it difficult for developers to reuse search results produced by one search tool as input for another search tool. This forces developers to spend considerable time manually linking disconnected search results. To address this issue we propose Spotter, a model for expressing and combining search tools in a unified way. The current implementation shows that Spotter can unify a wide range of search tools. More information about Spotter can be found at