Computer Science Colloquium
Make Better Design Decisions As You Code
Friday, April 1, 2005 11:30 A.M.
Room 1302 Warren Weaver Hall
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185
Colloquium Information: http://cs.nyu.edu/csweb/Calendar/colloquium/index.html
Richard Cole firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 998-3119
Software systems tend to degrade in design quality as they evolve.
In this talk, I introduce design snippets, which are partial
design views that help programmers maintain desirable design properties
as they modify and extend existing software. Programmers can use design
snippets to reason about specific design principles and connect those
design principles to code. The Design Snippets Tool,
an Eclipse IDE plug-in, automatically generates four types of design
snippets from Java code; these snippets are co-displayed with Java
source files. Design principles supported by the tool include information
hiding and low coupling. User studies show that the Design Snippets Tool
helps programmers diagnose design problems, plan changes to code, and confirm
that changes to code result in design improvements.
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