Computer software -- Development, Software refactoring
Refactoring tools can improve the speed and accuracy with which we create and maintain software -- but only if they are used. In practice, tools are not used as much as they could be: this seems to be because sometimes they do not align with the refactoring tactic preferred by the majority of programmers, a tactic we call floss refactoring. We propose five principles that characterize successful floss refactoring tools -- principles that can help programmers to choose the most appropriate refactoring tools and also help toolsmiths to design tools that fit the programmer's purpose.
Murphy-Hill, Emerson and Black, Andrew P., "Refactoring Tools: Fitness for Purpose" (2008). Computer Science Faculty Publications and Presentations. 109.
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Published version available at DOI: 10.1109/MS.2008.123