The need for richer refactoring usage data

Mohsen Vakilian, Nicholas Chen, Stas Negara, Balaji Ambresh Rajkumar, Roshanak Zilouchian Moghaddam, Ralph E. Johnson
2011 Proceedings of the 3rd ACM SIGPLAN workshop on Evaluation and usability of programming languages and tools - PLATEAU '11  
Even though modern Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) support many refactorings, studies suggest that automated refactorings are used infrequently, and few developers use anything beyond Rename and Extract refactorings. Little is known about why automated refactorings are seldom used. We present a list of challenging questions whose answers are crucial for understanding the usability issues of refactoring tools. This paper argues that the existing data sources-Eclipse UDC, Eclipse
more » ... UDC, Eclipse refactoring histories, version control histories, etc.-are inadequate for answering these questions. Finally, we introduce our tools to collect richer usage data that will enable us to answer some of the open research questions about the usability of refactoring tools. Findings from our data will foster the design of the next generation of refactoring tools.
doi:10.1145/2089155.2089164 dblp:conf/oopsla/VakilianCNRMJ11 fatcat:xkpo5ik2vfajnjqxiqxchgregu