Decision-making framework for refactoring

Marko Leppänen, Samuel Lahtinen, Kati Kuusinen, Simo Mäkinen, Tomi Männistö, Juha Itkonen, Jesse Yli-Huumo, Timo Lehtonen

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Refactoring has been defined as improving code quality without affecting its functionality. When refactoring is overlooked in daily development, the likelihood of larger refactorings increases with time. Disadvantages of larger refactorings include that they disrupt the daily work, require additional planning effort, and often they need to be justified to stakeholders. In this paper, we investigate with interviews how professionals make refactoring decisions. As a result, we present a framework for decision making for larger refactoring operations describing the key stages in a refactoring workflow. Furthermore, one actual industry case of refactoring decision making is presented in detail.

Titel2015 IEEE 7th International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt, MTD 2015 - Proceedings
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781467373784
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Udgivet eksterntJa

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