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Search-based refactoring for software maintenance

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Search-based refactoring for software maintenance
The high cost of software maintenance could be reduced by automatically improving the design of object-oriented programs without altering their behaviour. We have constructed a software tool capable of refactoring object-oriented programs to conform more closely to a given design quality model, by formulating the task as a search problem in the space of alternative designs. This novel approach is validated by two case studies, where programs are automatically refactored to increase flexibility, reusability and understandability as defined by a contemporary quality model. Both local and simulated annealing searches were found to be effective in this task. Key words: search based software engineering, automated design improvement, refactoring
Mark Kent O'Keeffe, Mel Ó Cinnéide
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where JSS
Authors Mark Kent O'Keeffe, Mel Ó Cinnéide
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