This visualization, called code_swarm, shows the history of commits in a software project. A commit happens when a developer makes changes to the code or documents and transfers them into the central project repository. Both developers and files are represented as moving elements. When a developer commits a file, it lights up and flies towards that developer. Files are colored according to their purpose, such as whether they are source code or a document. If files or developers have not been active for a while, they will fade away. A histogram at the bottom keeps a reminder of what has come before.

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  1. #1 Hank
    July 31, 2008

    I went to see the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit at MOMA earlier this spring, it featured some similar visualization pieces, many of them written using the same tool (Processing).

    An interesting field, and beautiful to look at to boot.