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Porting the NetBeans Lambda Expression Refactoring to Eclipse


Java 8 is one of the largest upgrades to the popular language and framework in over a decade. There are several new key features of Java 8 that can help make programs easier to read, write, and maintain. Java 8 comes with many features, especially related to collection libraries. These include such new features as Lambda Expressions, the Stream API, enhanced interfaces, and more.

While JDT Core/UI has incorporated many Java 8 quick fixes and refactorings, there are still many features left to be done. For example, NetBeans has a refactoring that converts loops to Lambda expressions. This project is for exploring the porting of the mechanism in NetBeans to Eclipse. These may be manifested as refactoring and/or “quick fixes.”

This project is open source. Please see the implementation page for download links.


Md. Arefin
Raffi Khatchadourian


CUNY researchers appear in bold. Undergraduate students appear in italics.

Md. Arefin and Raffi Khatchadourian. Porting the netbeans Java 8 enhanced for loop lambda expression refactoring to Eclipse. In Companion Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity, SPLASH Companion 2015, pages 58–59, New York, NY, USA, October 2015. ACM. [ bib | DOI | .pdf ]

Research Prototype

Our research prototype may be found on GitHub.

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