Wednesday, August 06, 2008

code_swarm: Software project visualization

You need to see this. Ph.D. student Michael Ogawa at UC Davis has created an "organic information visualization" called code_swarm which animates contributions to a software project through time. Documents and source code fly in, hover around the developer's name, and gradually fade to black as commits become more rare. The soundtrack adds to the effect. Examples include Eclipse, Python, PostgreSQL, and Apache. (Thanks, Stephan.)