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 they do not align with the refactoring strategy preferred by the majority of programmers: 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 more usable tools.
Black, Andrew P., "Better Refactoring Tools for a Better Refactoring Strategy" (2008). Computer Science Faculty Publications and Presentations. 97.
This is the author's version of an article published as "Refactoring Tools: Fitness for Purpose,' in IEEE Software, 25(5): pp. 38-44 (2008). Version of record may be found at http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2008.123
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