Visualising program execution
We don't see how code executes. We take peeks, using console.logs and breakpoints, but they don't tell the whole story. This talk shows how to take off our blindfolds.
- First we briefly look at why seeing how programs execute is important. The prime example is debugging, which programmers spend about half of their time on. We show that the right visualisation can dramatically speed up debugging, but also help with other programming tasks.
- We then look at advanced tricks to scale all this to performance-intensive programs, using games as an example. We will look at well-known techniques from the literature -- snapshotting and deterministic replay -- which only recently have been brought to the browser.
- Finally we look at practical tools that implement these techniques, which you can use during your everyday programming.
Jan Paul Posma
Jan Paul Posma is a programmer who has been working on code visualisations for jsdares.com. In his day job he works on revitalising our democracy at Brigade, and has earlier worked on education at Versal, and collaborative knowledge at Factlink and Wikimedia.