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A "diagramming debugger" creates a graphical representation of the sequence of messages sent during operation of an object-oriented program. When one object transmits a message to another object, the diagramming debugger displays representations of the transmitting and receiving objects on a computer screen, each representation comprising a box with labels identifying the represented object. The box representing a sending object includes therewithin a symbol (comprising, for example, one or more characters) identifying the method that sent the message, while the box representing the receiving object includes therewithin a symbol identifying the method invoked by the message. The message is represented by an arrow pointing from the symbol identifying the sending method to the symbol identifying the invoked method.

Title
System for graphically representing operation of object-oriented programs
Application Number
6/912025
Publication Number
4885717
Application Date
September 25, 1986
Publication Date
December 5, 1989
Inventor
Howard G Cunningham Jr
Beaverton
OR, US
Kent L Beck
Aloha
OR, US
Agent
Robert S Hulse
John P Dellett
Assignee
Tektronix
OH, US
IPC
G06F 11/30
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