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Hi,
As a part of my thesis work, I need to be able to:
1. Copy data fields from one class to another.
2. Copy methods from one class to another.
3. Rename method references.

and etc.

What platform currently gives me the best ability/tools to do that?

What is the way you'd recommend building such a tool?

Regards,
Tomer G.
 
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I use Eclipse. It has refactoring tools that will update dependent classes if you change a class' members, methods, names and so on.
We have an IDE Fourm here. Browse and search the posts there and you can get an idea as to what else is available.
 
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Hi Joe,
I know eclipse and it's manual refactoring capabilities,
How can I automate it?

I am developing a sort of pre-compiler for java source code,
So I need my application to modify an existing source code.

Let's say I want to use the eclipse capabilities for doing so,
How can I activate those capabilities using programming, what is the API?

Until I get a reply I will go and read the forum you've recommended
 
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Tomer G., please check your private messages. You can see them by clicking My Private Messages.

Eclipse is open source, if you're interested in how refactoring works in Eclipse you could have a look at the source code. It will probably not be easy though...
 
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Originally posted by Tomer G.:
Hi Joe,
I know eclipse and it's manual refactoring capabilities,
How can I automate it?



I have no idea. Eclipse is open-source and has a large developer and user community. You could download the code and search their forums and mailing lists and see if there are any automation facilities you could take advantage of.
 
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