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The Birth of Refactoring: A Retrospective on the Nature of High-Impact Software Engineering Research
Software refactoring was independently invented in the late '80s by 2 students in two research teams: Ralph Johnson's cluster at the University of Illinois and David Notkin's cluster at the University of Washington. This text provides a retrospective of the birth of refactoring, reflecting on how the ideas came concerning and were developed in those two students' doctoral dissertations. The analysis provides useful insights for both researchers and practitioners seeking high impact in their work. This text is part of a special issue on Refactoring.
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