Featureous - plugin detail

Featureous is a tool for feature-centric analysis and modification of Java programs. The tool supports locating features in source code and investigating them through a number of analytical views. The default set of visualizations provided with Featureous can be easily extended to provide domain-specific or project-specific analytical views.

NetBeans Plugin - Featureous
Plugin owner: andreff
Website: http://featureous.org/
Added: 2011-03-03
License: GPLv3
Category: Utilities
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Featureous is a tool for feature-centric analysis of Java software. The need for such a tool comes from the scattering and implicitness of implementations of user-observable behaviors of software (features) in the vast majority of object-oriented programs. Scattering and implicitness of features in code means that it becomes more difficult to find and understand only the relevant fragments of code when fixing a bug/modifying a feature/implementing new feature by reusing existing code.Featureous aims at improving this situation by providing a means of analyzing and modifying object-oriented programs in a feature-wise, rather than structure-wise, fashion.

Featureous provides a number of visualizations (feature-centric views) that facilitate feature-centric analysis of programs. The feature-aware code editor, metrics, graphs and charts encompassed by the views are being generated from so-called "feature traces". Feature traces can be generated for an arbitrary program by means of tracign its execution.

The feature-location mechanism use in Featureous employs dynamic analysis to discover the traceability links between features and their corresponding classes, objects and methods. After a programmer recovers a list of a program’s features from its documentation, or its graphical interface, she has to annotate each feature's "entry points" a program's source code. Feature entry points are the methods through which a program’s control flow enters implementations of a feature. Annotated program is then transparently instrumented with a tracing aspect when a programmer executes "Trace project" action provided by Featureous. After a user triggers features in the interface of an instrumented program, the information is saved in form of feature-traces, which serve as an input to further analysis.

For more details about the tool, please visit: http://featureous.org/ The open-source branch of Featureous can be reached at: http://code.google.com/p/featureous/

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