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VR-Git: Git Repository Visualization and Immersion in Virtual Reality

  • The increasing demand for software functionality necessitates an increasing amount of program source code that is retained and managed in version control systems, such as Git. As the number, size, and complexity of Git repositories increases, so does the number of collaborating developers, maintainers, and other stakeholders over a repository’s lifetime. In particular, visual limitations of Git tooling hampers repository comprehension, analysis, and collaboration across one or multiple repositories with a larger stakeholder spectrum. This paper contributes VR-Git, a Virtual Reality (VR) solution concept for visualizing and interacting with Git repositories in VR. Our prototype realization shows its feasibility, and our evaluation results based on a case study show its support for repository comprehension, analysis, and collaboration via branch, commit, and multi-repository scenarios.

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Author:Roy OberhauserORCiD
Source Title (English):Proceedings of the the Seventeenth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances
Conference Name:ICSEA
Conference Date:16-20 October
Conference Place:Lisbon, Portugal
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2022
Release Date:2023/02/27
Tag:Git; software configuration management; version control systems; virtual reality; visualization
Number of Pages:6
First Page:9
Last Page:14
Faculty:Elektronik und Informatik
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft
Open Access:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt