C++ Refactoring Tools

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    Can anyone recommend a C++ refactoring tool that might help sort out a large legacy C++ application running on Solaris?

    By large, I mean several million lines. The tool must be very good, because the legacy application is anything but!

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    Refactoring tools are not meant to help you reverse engineer, understand the code, or upgrade it to the current standards.

    What you need is an IDE, a good team of dedicated programmers, a big blackboard, lots of chalk and some good UML designer.
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    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    I find Enterprise Architect from sparx systems really good for reverse engineering large legacy apps. It will generate UML from existing code, and while it can't re-factor the code for you, at least it'll help you understand the existing code!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceCadet
    Can anyone recommend a C++ refactoring tool that might help sort out a large legacy C++ application running on Solaris?
    I'm just learning SlickEdit's refactoring, so I can't really recommend one. But I like what I've tried thus far.

    http://www.refactoring.com/tools.html
    http://www.slickedit.com/content/view/107/81
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