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A survey of software refactoring

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2 Author(s)
Mens, T. ; Univ. de Mons-Hainaut, Mons, Belgium ; Tourwe, T.

We provide an extensive overview of existing research in the field of software refactoring. This research is compared and discussed based on a number of different criteria: the refactoring activities that are supported, the specific techniques and formalisms that are used for supporting these activities, the types of software artifacts that are being refactored, the important issues that need to be taken into account when building refactoring tool support, and the effect of refactoring on the software process. A running example is used to explain and illustrate the main concepts.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 2 )