A Comparative Study of Refactoring Haskell and Erlang Programs

Li, Huiqing and Thompson, Simon (2006) A Comparative Study of Refactoring Haskell and Erlang Programs. In: Sixth IEEE International Workshop on Source Code Analysis and Manipulation (SCAM 2006), Sep 27-29, 2006, Philadelphia, PA, . (Full text available)

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Abstract

Refactoring is about changing the design of existing code without changing its behaviour, but with the aim of making code easier to understand, modify, or reuse. Taking Haskell and Erlang as examples, we investigate the application of refactoring techniques to functional programs, and building tools for supporting interactive refactoring. Although both Haskell and Erlang are general-purpose functional programming languages, they have many differences in their language design and programming idioms. As a result, program refactoring in the two languages has much in common, but also considerable differences. This paper makes this comparison, and in particular looks in more detail at the refactorings applicable in each language, the program analysis required by typical refactorings, and at tool support for refactoring Haskell and Erlang programs.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Refactoring, Haskell, Erlang
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Theoretical Computing Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:03
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 01:32
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14424 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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