High velocity refactorings in Eclipse
In Eclipse, and in most other development environments, refactorings are activated by selecting code, then using a menu or hotkey, and finally engaging in a dialog with a "wizard". However, selection is error-prone, menus are slow, hotkeys are hard to remember, and wizards are time-consuming. The problem is that as a consequence, refactoring tools disrupt the programmer's workflow and are perceived to be slower than refactoring by hand. In this paper we present two new user interfaces to Eclipse's existing refactoring engine: marking menus and refactoring cues. Both are designed to increase programming velocity by keeping the tool out of the programmer's way.