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High velocity refactorings in Eclipse

By Emerson Murphy-hill and Andrew P. Black

Abstract

In Eclipse, and in most other development environments, refactorings are activated by selecting code, then using a menu or hotkey, and finally engaging in a dialog with a “wizard”. However, selection is error-prone, menus are slow, hotkeys are hard to remember, and wizards are time-consuming. The problem is that as a consequence, refactoring tools disrupt the programmer’s workflow and are perceived to be slower than refactoring by hand. In this paper we present two new user interfaces to Eclipse’s existing refactoring engine: marking menus and refactoring cues. Both are designed to increase programming velocity by keeping the tool out of the programmer’s way

Topics: Categories and Subject Descriptors D.2.3 [Software Engineering, Coding Tools and Techniques, D.2.6 [Software Engineering, Programming Environments. General Terms Design, Reliability, Human Factors Keywords Refactoring, tools, usability, environments
Publisher: ACM
Year: 2007
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