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Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 24, 2006 to Sept. 27, 2006
ISBN: 0-7695-2354-4
pp: 223-233
Uira Kulesza , PUC-Rio - Brazil
Cl?udio Sant?Anna , Lancaster University, UK
Alessandro Garcia , Lancaster University, UK
Roberta Coelho , PUC-Rio - Brazil
Arndt von Staa , PUC-Rio - Brazil
Carlos Lucena , PUC-Rio - Brazil
ABSTRACT
One of the main promises of aspect-oriented programming (AOP) is to promote improved modularization of crosscutting concerns, thereby enhancing the software stability in the presence of changes. This paper presents a quantitative study that assesses the positive and negative effects of AOP on typical maintenance activities of a Web information system. The study consists of a systematic comparison between the object-oriented and the aspect-oriented versions of the same application in order to assess to what extent each solution provides maintainable software decompositions. Our analysis was driven by fundamental modularity attributes, such as coupling, cohesion, conciseness, and separation of concerns. We have found that the aspect-oriented design has exhibited superior stability and reusability through the changes, as it has resulted in fewer lines of code, improved separation of concerns, weaker coupling, and lower intra-component complexity.
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CITATION
Uira Kulesza, Cl?udio Sant?Anna, Alessandro Garcia, Roberta Coelho, Arndt von Staa, Carlos Lucena, "Quantifying the Effects of Aspect-Oriented Programming: A Maintenance Study", ICSM, 2006, 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 2006, pp. 223-233, doi:10.1109/ICSM.2006.48
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