Basic Software PLOTs (Part 0)

Befind every trace and its messages is source code:

Borrowing the acronym PLOT (Program Lines of Trace) we now try to discern basic source code patterns that give rise to simple message patterns in software traces. There are only a few distinct PLOTs and the ability to mentally map trace statements to source code is crucial to software trace reading and comprehension. More about that in subsequent parts. More complex message patterns (for example, specific message blocks or correlated messages) arise from supportable and maintainable realizations of architectural, design and implementation patterns and will be covered in another post series.

I was thinking about acronym SLOT (Source Lines of Trace) but decided to use PLOT because it metaphorically bijects into literary theory and narrative plots.

Forthcoming CDF and ETW Software Trace Analysis: Practical Foundations

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2 Responses to “Basic Software PLOTs (Part 0)”

  1. Crash Dump Analysis » Blog Archive » Two Readings of a Software Trace Says:

    […] it in two directions. The first one is to deconstruct it into a linear ordered source code based on PLOT fragments. The second direction is to construct an interpretation that serve as an explanation for […]

  2. Crash Dump Analysis » Blog Archive » Presenting a Software Story Says:

    […] and see a different sub-story or plot (sujet). Every software plot (please do not confuse with PLOT acronym) can be presented differently (using appropriate discourse). Some presentational examples […]

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