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Re: refactoring when using CVS

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: refactoring when using CVS
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 14:36:51 -0500 (EST)

[ On Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 07:45:24 (-0800), Noel Yap wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Converting ClearCase to CVS
> One of the most current arenas where CVS is not an
> ideal tool is Java development since refactoring
> causes renaming and moving of files.

Refactoring in C could just as easily leave you with a whole lot of
deleted files and a whole lot of new files.

CVS demands that you carefully plan for disruptive upsets in the file
naming you use for your code "containers".

Refactoring should never be done, in any language so far as I can tell
(not even in smalltalk), without first a good deal of consideration,
care, and planning.  While refactoring within the private methods of a
class might not affect the external API, that's still not an excuse to
go about it willy-nilly any old time you feel like it.

                                                                Greg A. Woods

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