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A generic approach to supporting diagram differencing and merging for collaborative design

conference contribution
posted on 2005-12-01, 00:00 authored by A Mehra, John Grundy, J Hosking
Differentiation tools enable team members to compare two or more text files, e.g. code or documentation, after change. Although a number of general-purpose differentiation tools exist for comparing text documents very few tools exist for comparing diagrams. We describe a new approach for realising visual differentiation in CASE tools via a set of plug-in components. We have added diagram version control, visual differentiation and merging support as component-based plug-ins to the Pounamu meta-CASE tool. The approach is generic across a wide variety of diagram types and has also been deployed with an Eclipse diagramming plug-in. We describe our approach's architecture, key design and implementation issues, illustrate feasibility of our approach via implementation of it as plug-in components and evaluate its effectiveness. Copyright 2005 ACM.

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204 - 213

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ACM

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Long Beach, Calif.

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New York, N.Y.

Start date

2005-11-07

End date

2005-11-11

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EN.1 Other conference paper

Title of proceedings

20th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ASE 2005

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