Alpha : Java Visualization Tool

Alpha : 자바 시각화 도구

  • 김철민 (제주대학교 컴퓨터교육과)
  • Received : 2004.04.19
  • Accepted : 2004.05.13
  • Published : 2004.05.31


Java provides support for Web, concurrent programming, safety, portability, and GUI, so there is a steady increase in the number of Java users. Java is based on the object-oriented concepts such as classes, instances, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. However the JVM(Java Virtual Machine) hides most of the phenomena related to the concepts. This is why most of Java users have much difficulty in learning and using Java. As a solution to the problem, I have developed a tool Alpha that visualizes the phenomena occurred in the JVM from the standpoint of the concepts and will describe the design and features of the tool in this paper. For practicality and extendability Alpha has an MVC(Model-View-Controller) architecture and visualizes the phenomena such as object instantiations, method invocations, field accesses, cross-references among objects, and execution flows of threads in the various ways according to the levels and purposes of the users.


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