Correct Refactoring of Concurrent Java Code

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Correct Refactoring of Concurrent Java Code
Automated refactorings as implemented in modern IDEs for Java usually make no special provisions for concurrent code. Thus, refactored programs may exhibit unexpected new concurrent behaviors. We analyze the types of such behavioral changes caused by current refactoring engines and develop techniques to make them behavior-preserving, ranging from simple techniques to deal with concurrency-related language constructs to a framework that computes and tracks synchronization dependencies. By basing our development directly on the Java Memory Model, we can state and prove precise correctness results about refactoring concurrent programs. We show that a broad range of refactorings are not influenced by concurrency at all, whereas other important refactorings can be made behavior-preserving for correctly synchronized programs by using our framework. Experience with a prototype implementation shows that our techniques are easy to implement and require only minimal changes to existing refactor...
Max Schäfer, Julian Dolby, Manu Sridharan, Em
Added 19 Jul 2010
Updated 19 Jul 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Authors Max Schäfer, Julian Dolby, Manu Sridharan, Emina Torlak, Frank Tip
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