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Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Don Roberts, William Opdyke, Kent Beck, Martin Fowler, John Brant

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Chapter 13. Refactoring, Reuse, and Reality

by William Opdyke

Martin Fowler and I first met in Vancouver during OOPSLA 92. A few months earlier, I had completed my doctoral dissertation on refactoring object-oriented frameworks1 at the University of Illinois. While I was considering continuing my research into refactoring, I was also exploring other options, such as medical informatics. Martin was working on a medical informatics application at the time, which is what brought us together to chat over breakfast in Vancouver. As Martin relates earlier in this book, we spent a few minutes discussing my refactoring research. He had limited interest in the topic at the time, but as you are now aware, his interest in the topic has grown.

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