The more I code, the more I’ve learned to appreciate keeping the code clean even during complex refactorings. By “clean”, I mean that the code always compiles and the test always run.
I often find myself in a situation where I have a method call that’s starting to accumulate parameters. Something like this:
showPersonCreateForm(writer, firstName, firstNameErrorMessage, lastName, lastNameErrorMessage,....);
After three or four parameters, the need to refactor is starting to become evident. I would rather have something like this:
CreatePersonForm form = new CreatePersonForm();
This is one of the more complex simple refactorings you can make, and it requires several steps. In this five minute video, I show how to perform such a refactoring without any steps that break my code:
The screencast was created using the free BB FlashBack Express on Windows. All the magic you see happening while I program is either
ctrl-space (complete) or
ctrl-1 (quick fix).
Can you modify your code without going thought long stages of nothing working? I think you can!