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Recommenders/CleanCodeMethodSorter

Plugin

Currently BETA-stadium (Build 100, 08/19/2011). Features and description are subject to change.

Description

The Clean Code Method Sorter is a plugin for the Eclipse Platform. It provides techniques to sort methods in Java-classes, aiming to increase the readability of the source code.

Methods are reordered following the news-paper-metaphor conceived by Robert C. Martin in his book "Clean Code": A class should be readable like a newspaper, with the most important methods being at the beginning of the class, followed by methods which are invoked later in the execution flow.

This plug-in is developed by Mateusz Parzonka and Fabian Richter as part of a University Hands-on and currently in testing phase. Your comments are greatly appreciated!

Installation Instructions

Please download and install the plugin using the update-site.

Bugs

So far, no issues documented. Please report any encountered bugs here (suggestions are also welcome).

Planned Features

  • Clustering of getters and setters
  • Clustering of overloaded methods

User-Interface

The plugin mainly provides a "Sort Methods"-Operation which can be triggered from different Points.

Processing of individual Java-classes

When a Java-class is opened in the Java Editor, the source menu should be visible in the main menu bar. The plugin augments the import-group in the source menu with a command labeled "Sort methods…". Triggering this command lets the Clean Code Method Sorter sort the methods in this class.

Per default, the command is bound to the keybinding "Option-S" (Mac) or "alt-S" (other platforms). User-defined keybindings are possible: Search for the command "Sort methods…" in the "Clean Code"-category in the keys-preferences-menu.

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Processing of multiple Java-classes

When selecting Java-specific content in the Package Explorer a right mouse-click (context-click) activates the associated pop-up-menu. In the Java-context, a source-submenu is visible. The plugin augments the import-group in this menu with the command labeled "Sort methods…", which will sort all methods in selected objects and their child-objects upon triggering.

"Sort methods…" can be called on any selection of

  • Java-projects
  • source folders
  • packages
  • compilation units (Java-files).

After successful sorting, a message will appear showing the number of processed classes.

In the beta-phase an additional command "Shuffle methods randomly…" may be available which shuffles methods randomly to enable easier evaluation of the method sorter.

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Preferences

This section will be expanded in the following builds.

Currenty, following preferences are provided:

Invocation ordering strategy in method bodies
  • Breadth-first: Ordering is following a breadth-first-search approach in the invocation graph.
  • Depth-first: Ordering is following a depth-first-search approach in the invocation graph.
Priorize access levels

When activated, methods are clustered according to their access level before being sorted by invocation order.

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