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First, What is Refractoring ?

  Refactoring is the process of making small changes to working code, to improve the internal structure without altering the external behavior of that code. As an analogy, consider the math statement 2*4*5*3, you can convert this to 1*2*3*4*5 without changing its meaning and from there into 5!. They all mean the same thing but are increasingly easier to read. Refactor! does the same thing but with working source code.



   Refactor! for Visual Basic 2005 Beta 2
is a free plug-in from Developer Express Inc., in partnership with Microsoft, that enables Visual Basic developers to simplify and re-structure source code inside of Visual Studio 2005, making it easier to read and less costly to maintain. Refactor! supports more than 15 individual refactoring features, including operations like Reorder Parameters, Extract Method, Encapsulate Field and Create Overload.

  Here’s the announcement and Microsoft link (gud read!) that tells you much more about Refactor!. With the availability of new C# refactoring functionality in VS.NET 2005, Microsoft seem to have noticed the lack of similar functionality for Visual Basic developers. That’s why a cooperation was struck up with Developer Express for them to offer their fantastic DXCore-based refactoring product in a free version to VB.NET 2005 developers. There’s lots of additional information on Refactor! available at the Developer Express website, also about the Professional version (which also works with C#, very recommended!) and the companion (parent?) product CodeRush for VS.NET. A white paper has been made available about Refactoring in Visual Basic .NET 2005 that’s really worth a read.

Simplify Your Visual Basic Code

   Download  Refactor! for VB.NET 2005 (free).  

  There are three ways to get support for this version of Refactor!. You can contact the Developer Express support directly at support @ devexpress.com, the Visual Basic IDE Forum at Microsoft’s is open to questions and suggestions and finally Developer Express have opened a newsgroup called devexpress.public.dotnet.refactor.vb on their news server (you can find all the information you need to get connected to the news server here .)
watchout Refractor Pro.

via Oliver.

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 4:31 PM | Back to top


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