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Use of Virtual Reality for Code Analysis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109176D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mitchell, KP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a methodology for improving the overall efficiency and usability of dealing with applications code development through the use of virtual reality and a highway development facility. Human perceptual and conceptual limitations increasingly limit the expanding problem of 'learning' code needing maintenance, debugging/ maintaining code and minor enhancements. Existing CASE tools aid in identifying some problems but none augment human perceptual and conceptual limitations.

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Use of Virtual Reality for Code Analysis

       This article describes a methodology for improving the
overall efficiency and usability of dealing with applications code
development through the use of virtual reality and a highway
development facility.  Human perceptual and conceptual limitations
increasingly limit the expanding problem of 'learning' code needing
maintenance, debugging/ maintaining code and minor enhancements.
Existing CASE tools aid in identifying some problems but none augment
human perceptual and conceptual limitations.

      The concepts employed in 'Virtual Reality' allow for the
detection and interpretation of body movements as well as the ability
to "manipulate" the user's environment through the control of sight
and sound.  Additionally, 'Virtual Reality' environments that
manipulate all of the senses have been envisioned.  The typical
Virtual Reality applications seen today involve game playing.  The
future of this technology envisions applications that would provide
the ability to control machinery and tools from safe distances, aid
in space travel, test human limits, psychology, etc., as well as
permeate through the entertainment and sports worlds.  The invention
described herein applies to mapping Virtual Reality technology to
solving current programming development problems.

      Virtual Reality techniques can be exploited to allow a
programmer to better understand the workings of any program by
mapping information into non character based representations.  The
most basic form of this invention would a...