Talk:Refactoring

Another tool is RefactoringNG in which you describe refactoring rules as transformations of source abstract syntax trees to destination syntax trees. For example, the rule that rewrites x = x + 1 to x++ is as follows:

// x = x + 1 -> x++
Assignment {
   Identifier [name: "x"],
   Binary [kind: PLUS] {
      Identifier [name: "x"],
      Literal [kind: INT_LITERAL, value: 1]
   }
} ->
Unary [kind: POSTFIX_INCREMENT] {
   Identifier [name: "x"]
}

Advantage of this approach is that you can create batches. For example, a library author can prepare a batch that upgrades the source code to a new version of library. See http://kenai.com/projects/refactoringng/pages/Home for more information.

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