Lightweight detection of program refactorings

@article{Atkinson2005LightweightDO,
  title={Lightweight detection of program refactorings},
  author={Darren C. Atkinson and Todd King},
  journal={12th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC'05)},
  year={2005},
  pages={8 pp.-}
}
Poorly structured code is hard to maintain and read. Program refactoring can improve code structure and thus make it easier to preserve and to discern the underlying design. However, refactoring is a difficult and time-consuming process making it unattractive for many developers. An automated tool that could identify poorly structured code and make suggestions would make the refactoring process easier. Although in general refactorings may be quite difficult to locate automatically, we show that… CONTINUE READING

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