OBEY: Optimal batched refactoring plan execution for class responsibility redistribution

Hewijin Christine Jiau, Lee Wei Mar, Jinghong Cox Chen

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The redistribution of class responsibilities is a common reengineering practice in object-oriented (OO) software evolution. During the redistribution, developers frequently construct batched refactoring plans for moving multiple methods and fields among various classes. With an objective of carefully maintaining the cohesion and coupling degree of the class design, executing a batched refactoring plan without introducing any objective-violating side effect into the refactored code is essential. However, using most refactoring engines for batched refactoring plan execution introduces coupling-increasing Middle Man bad smell in the final refactored code and therefore makes the refactoring execution suboptimal in achieving the redistribution objective. This work proposes Obey, a methodology for optimal batched refactoring plan execution. Obey analyzes a batched refactoring plan, identifies Middle Man symptoms that cause suboptimal execution, and renovates the plan for optimal execution. We have conducted an empirical study on three open-source software projects to confirm the effectiveness of Obey in a practical context.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6493333
Pages (from-to)1245-1263
Number of pages19
JournalIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep 9

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

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