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PROVIDE: A Process Visualization and Debugging Environment
June 1988 (vol. 14 no. 6)
pp. 849-857

The author introduces PROVIDE, a source-level process visualization and debugging environment currently under development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. PROVIDE is a modern coding and debugging environment that is designed to allow the user to configure interaction at a desired level of abstraction. It emphasizes the use of interactive computer graphics for the illustration of program execution, with special attention to the requirements of program debugging. The major features of PROVIDE are presented, especially the concepts of deferred-binding program animation, which allows users to interactively change the depiction of program execution during the debugging task, and process history consistency maintenance, which guarantees a consistent (automatically updated) record of program execution in the face of changes to program instructions and run-time data values. The current PROVIDE prototype is implemented on Macintosh workstations networked to a VAX 11/780 running 4.2 BSD Unix

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Index Terms:
process visualization environment; PROVIDE; debugging environment; University of Illinois; interactive computer graphics; program execution; program debugging; deferred-binding program animation; process history consistency maintenance; Macintosh workstations; VAX 11/780; 4.2 BSD Unix; computer graphics; program debugging; programming environments
Citation:
T.G. Moher, "PROVIDE: A Process Visualization and Debugging Environment," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 849-857, June 1988, doi:10.1109/32.6163
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