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Issue No.05 - Sept.-Oct. (2008 vol.25)
pp: 38-44
Emerson Murphy-Hill , Portland State University
Andrew P. Black , Portland State University
ABSTRACT
Refactoring tools can improve the speed and accuracy with which developers 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 most programmers, a tactic the authors call "floss refactoring." They 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.
INDEX TERMS
keywords: refactoring, software development, software tools
CITATION
Emerson Murphy-Hill, Andrew P. Black, "Refactoring Tools: Fitness for Purpose", IEEE Software, vol.25, no. 5, pp. 38-44, Sept.-Oct. 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.123
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