[forge-dev] [JBoss JIRA] Commented: (SEAMFORGE-172) Add refactoring capability to code manipulator

Lincoln Baxter III (JIRA) jira-events at lists.jboss.org
Thu May 26 13:21:00 EDT 2011

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Lincoln Baxter III commented on SEAMFORGE-172:

Refactoring using the eclipse plugins would require that we boot the eclipse runtime in memory, start a workspace, and use that to track all of our file changes. While this *could* be done, I really don't think that should be our job. Forge is not designed to handle that kind of functionality, since refactoring often reaches beyond the single project. Eclipse and other IDE's are much better at this. I think we should probably provide minimal in-project refactoring support, and forego the more complex stuff.

I don't think this should be a priority for us since we are encouraging use of Forge + IDE of choice.

> Add refactoring capability to code manipulator
> ----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SEAMFORGE-172
>                 URL: https://issues.jboss.org/browse/SEAMFORGE-172
>             Project: Seam Forge
>          Issue Type: Feature Request
>          Components: Parsers / File Manipulation
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.0.Alpha3
>            Reporter: Dan Allen
> Although challenging, the ability to refactor within a project would be immensely powerful for plugin writers. Basic refactoring include renaming types, fields and methods. Matching updates to resource files (XML, Java properties, etc) would also be useful. We could see how far that could take us before deciding if more complex refactoring is necessary.
> I would suggest researching whether it's possible to extra the refactoring logic out of the Eclipse tooling into a reusable library (if it isn't already). Another option is RefactorIT, which used to be a proprietary plugin for the major Java IDEs but is now CDDL and GPL: http://sourceforge.net/projects/refactorit/  

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