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2011 26th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2011) (2004)
Linz, Austria
Sept. 20, 2004 to Sept. 24, 2004
ISSN: 1068-3062
ISBN: 0-7695-2131-2
pp: 332-335
Hridesh Rajan , University of Virginia
Jia Xu , University of Virginia
Kevin Sullivan , University of Virginia
ABSTRACT
Aspect-oriented programming (AOP) promises improved modularity in software design. However, it also presents novel mechanisms and departs from traditional design theory, leaving researchers in need of a theory and developers in need of guidance as to its appropriate use. This paper rests on the idea that the nature and expressive power of AOP lie largely in programming-language-provided implicit invocation (II) mechanisms, with join points as events, pointcuts as event patterns, advice as methods invoked by events, and aspects as classes that also create event-method bindings. The contribution of this paper is the idea that exposing the II roots of AOP can expedite development of a theory and practice of AOP. We present a formal reduction from AOP to II, then, as a data point, we show that model checking techniques previously developed for II systems can be used to check formal properties of AOP systems automatically.
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CITATION
Hridesh Rajan, Jia Xu, Kevin Sullivan, "Understanding Aspects via Implicit Invocation", 2011 26th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2011), vol. 00, no. , pp. 332-335, 2004, doi:10.1109/ASE.2004.10042
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