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  Technical Report: How programmers can turn comments into waypoints for code navigation

How programmers can turn comments into waypoints for code navigation

Technical Report #:07-01
Author(s): M.A. Storey, Li-Te Cheng, J. Singer, Michael Muller, D. Myers, J. Ryell


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We have developed a new approach for software navigation called TagSEA (Tagging of Software Engineering Activities). TagSEA combines the notion of “waypointing” with “social tagging” to support programmers in defining navigational structures over a software system. In this paper we present the results from a case study series, conducted with professional programmers, that demonstrates how this tool supports navigation and under what circumstances. We conclude with insights into user-definable navigational structures, and how they can support software maintenance more effectively

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