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Min Huang
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i feel like a noob for asking, but i read a lot of posts with the word "refactoring", which means...?


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Burk Hufnagel
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Briefly, refactoring is cleaning up the structure of your code without changing it's observable behavior. There's way too many good places to look for me to try and give a longer explanation. Google for "Martin Fowler" and "refactoring" - lots of good stuff will appear on the list.
[ April 01, 2004: Message edited by: Burk Hufnagel ]

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Xie Ruchang
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Joined: Dec 25, 2003
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Hi Min,
Try this short
IBM Tutorial and you will be crystal clear on what is refactoring. You need not to have WSAD. Eclipse will be the same as well. Refactoring is such an important concept that major IDE supports it like Eclipse, NetBean 4, etc.
I use Eclipse for SCJD and one of the productivity gains I got is refactoring. If you use a plain editor like those suggested in this forum, you lost all these benefits.
Give an example, towards the end of the SCJD project, I decide to move a class to a different package. With the help of refactoring support in Eclipse, it is very easy and amount to changing a name and a few mouse clicks. If you use a simple editor, you change all the imports of the java source files that uses that class. Imagine the productivity gain.

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[ April 01, 2004: Message edited by: Frankie Cha ]
Jason Hocker
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Joined: Jul 23, 2003
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Sorry if this is not the place to ask this...
We use JBuilder at work, but for the certification at home I am trying Eclipse. What would be a good way to learn more about its tricks? Any good tutorials, or should I just play with it?
Min Huang
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Joined: Mar 17, 2004
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Ah.. ok. I never had a word for that before
Xie Ruchang
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Joined: Dec 25, 2003
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Jay,
I go through the Eclipse tutorial and the noteworthy features. The above IBM tutorial started me off in Eclipse. Basically, just immerse myself using the IDE and I found myself productive after a few days. I must say Eclipse is very solid as compared to JBuilder (which I have some experience). Of course, currently the thing lacking is a GUI builder. They are working on it and soon be incorporated when Version 3 is finalised. The SWT is really efficient.
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