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code_swarm: A Design Study in Organic Software Visualization
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
In May of 2008, we published online a series of software visualization videos using a method called code swarm. Shortly thereafter, we made the code open source and its popularity took off. This paper is a study of our code swarm application, comprising its design, results and public response. We share our design methodology, including why we chose the organic information visualization technique, how we designed for both developers and a casual audience, and what lessons we learned from ourdoi:10.1109/tvcg.2009.123 pmid:19834177 fatcat:ggnyjhdfuvhufjwr6jbie2xar4