A field study of refactoring challenges and benefits

@inproceedings{Kim2012AFS,
  title={A field study of refactoring challenges and benefits},
  author={Miryung Kim and Thomas Zimmermann and Nachiappan Nagappan},
  booktitle={SIGSOFT FSE},
  year={2012}
}
It is widely believed that refactoring improves software quality and developer productivity. However, few empirical studies quantitatively assess refactoring benefits or investigate developers' perception towards these benefits. This paper presents a field study of refactoring benefits and challenges at Microsoft through three complementary study methods: a survey, semi-structured interviews with professional software engineers, and quantitative analysis of version history data. Our survey… CONTINUE READING
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