An Analysis of Aspect Composition Problems


Havinga, Wilke and Nagy, Istvan and Bergmans, Lodewijk (2006) An Analysis of Aspect Composition Problems. In: Third European Workshop on Aspects in Software, 2006, August, 2006, Enschede, Netherlands (pp. pp. 1-8).

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Abstract:The composition of multiple software units does not always yield the desired results. In particular, aspect-oriented composition mechanisms introduce new kinds of composition problems. These are caused by different characteristics as compared to object-oriented composition, such as inverse dependencies. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of aspect-oriented composition problems, and eventually composition problems in a more general context. To this extent we propose and illustrate a systematic approach to analyze composition problems in a precise and concrete manner. In this approach we represent aspect-based composition mechanisms as transformation rules on program graphs. We explicitly model and show where composition problems occur, in a way that can easily be fully automated. In this paper we focus on structural superimposition (cf. intertype declarations) to illustrate our approach; this results in the identification of three categories of causes of composition problems.
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