Identifying feature interactions in multi-language aspect-oriented frameworks

Sergei Kojarski, David Lorenz

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The simultaneous use of multiple aspect languages has the potential of becoming a significant one, as new aspect-oriented frameworks are developed and existing ones expand to incorporate features of others. A key challenge in combining multiple aspect-oriented languages is identifying and resolving adverse feature interactions. These interactions occur due to the incompatible and inconsistent treatment of aspects, join points, and advice across different languages. In this paper, we analyze the root cause of this feature interaction problem. We classify common features of aspect languages, describe how these features may interact when using different aspect languages in tandem, and concretely illustrate how these interactions may be resolved. Our work allows AOP users and tool developers to reason about the occurrence of such adverse and unexpected feature interactions, and to apply several patterns for resolving these problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 29th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2007
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event29th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2007 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: 20 May 200726 May 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257


Conference29th International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN

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