Re: String literals into constants automagically?

Lew <>
Thu, 26 Nov 2009 16:20:50 -0500
Mark Smith wrote:

I am using netbeans [sic]. One feature that I love is the insert code
feature, for automatically making getters and setters it has saved me
hours of braindead tedious work.

I am looking at some code now that has gardually evolved into a mess
and I think it is time to tidy it up. It does a lot of string
comparisons. There are over 200 string literals in the main class! It
strikes me as another braindead task that could be almost completely
done by a computer.

NetBeans and Eclipse (and its derivatives) have this feature.

Is there a feature in netbeans [sic] (or any ide [sic]) that can extract String
literals from a selection and replace them with centrally defined

As John B. Matthews said of NetBeans:

See if "Introduce Constant" would be apropos:

Menu: "Ref_a_ctor / Introduce _C_onstant"

Menu: "Refac_t_or / Extr_a_ct Constant..."

Both IDEs will refactor all instances of the same constant, but you must have
a constant selected for the feature to know what to extract. Both give you
the choice of access qualifier. Both preselect a suggested constant
identifier that you can override.


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