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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015101D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Sep-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a tool or methodology for highlighting, visualising and navigating code in order to make it easier to read and understand. Users of this tool should thereby find it takes less time both to develop new code but also particularly to interpret and maintain existing code. The Problem When examining a listing of program code on the screen or on a print-out it is often difficult to identify the different logical segments of code. The following piece of Java* code is only a short example; serious applications typically comprise many screens or pages of such work: public boolean contains(Point p)