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code_swarm commit is a form or art

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.

this is how it look like with eclipse from


code_swarm – #Eclipse (short ver.) from Michael Ogawa on Vimeo.


 An experiment in organic software visualization.

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