Broken Hierarchy

This smell arises when a supertype and its subtype conceptually do not share an "IS-A" relationship resulting in broken substitutability.

Related smells: Subclasses Do Not Redefine Methods


The following set of tools detects this smell: Designite(for C#) DesigniteJava(for Java)


G. Suryanarayana, G. Samarthyam, T. Sharma, “Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt”. Morgan Kaufmann, 2014.

Design Smells


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