Why isn't "refactor" a word yet?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
is a word we developers use to mean that when we have refactored
something we have modified some part of a program, without changing the main functionality.
We refactor because we probably have found a better algorithm and wish to implement it, or because we have found a shiny new framework and wish to use it, or we have decided to changed the name of fields or methods to make them more descriptive. When done properly, refactoring is a good thing.
So it's a common word, but you won't find it in any dictionary. I guess we need to still use the grammatically correct hyphenated spelling re-factor
. In time, I guess, it will be accepted into the pages of every dictionary without the hyphen.
Complex words have an obvious evolution. A few examples: never the less
then became email
is simply known as internet
. Of course there are many more, but I want refactor
to get the respect it deserves.
UPDATE: online petition to add the word refactor to all English dictionaries
I suggest starting a petition to have this added to the Webster's dictionary. With any luck, it may even be mentioned on Jeopardy.
Online petition to add the word refactor to all English dictionaries.
I apologize I just signed in and don't know if my last post posted.
I will be quite succinct - left a post on the "Guestbook" and am hoping to get some help from some poor soul about "blogs"
Would appreciate it