Software Visualization

John Stasko

Foreword by Jim Foley

In the past decade, high quality interfaces have become standard in a growing number of areas such as games and CD-ROM-based encyclopedias. Yet the overwhelming majority of programmers edit their code using a single font within a single window and view code execution via the hand insertion of print statements.Software Visualization (SV) redresses this imbalance by using typography, graphics, and animation techniques to show program code, data, and control flow.

This book describes the history of SV, techniques and frameworks for its construction, its use in education and program debugging, and recent attempts to evaluate its effectiveness. In making programming a multimedia experience, SV leaves programmers and computer science researchers free to explore more interesting issues and to tackle more challenging problems.


  • Ronald Baecker
  • John Bazik
  • Alan Blackwell
  • Mike Brayshaw
  • Marc H. Brown
  • Wim De Pauw
  • John B. Domingue
  • Stephen Eick
  • Marc Eisenstadt
  • Christopher Fry
  • Peter Gloor
  • Thomas Green
  • Michael Heath
  • John Hershberger
  • Clinton L. Jeffery
  • Doug Kimelman
  • Eileen Kraemer
  • Andrea Lawrence
  • Henry Lieberman
  • Allen Malony
  • Aaron Marcus
  • Paul Mulholland
  • Marc Najork
  • Stephen North
  • Marian Petre
  • Blaine A. Price
  • Steven Reiss
  • Gruia-Catalin Roman
  • Diane Rover, Bryan Rosenburg
  • Tova Roth
  • Robert Sedgewick
  • Ian Small
  • John T. Stasko
  • Roberto Tamassia
  • Andries van Dam
  • John Vlissides

Type of Publication: Book
Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: MIT Press
Pages: 576
TitleSoftware Visualization
Publication TypeBook
AuthorsStasko, J