A Controlled Experiment for the Assessment of Aspects: Tracing in an Industrial Context

P.E.A. Durr, Lodewijk Bergmans, Mehmet Aksit

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    For years, the Aspect Oriented Software Development (AOSD) community has promoted aspects as a solution to the complexities of implementing crosscutting concerns. But while a lot of research focuses on advancing the state of the art of AOSD, there are few reports on the industrial adoption of AOSD practices. In this paper we report on an experiment we performed-in an industrial setting- to quantify the effort and errors involved in an aspect-based approach to Tracing. We argue that Tracing is a stereotypical aspectoriented problem and as such the results of this experiment are very likely generalizable to other aspects. Participants of the experiment were requested to carry out five simple maintenance scenarios, all related to Tracing. The results of this experiment show an overall 6% reduction in development effort, and 77% reduction in errors, when using an aspectbased approach. Statistical significance analysis confirmed these reductions for a subset of the individual scenarios.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationEmpirical Evaluation of Software Composition Techniques (ESCOT 2010)
    Place of PublicationSt. Malo, France
    PublisherAspect-Oriented Software Association
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)not assigned
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2010
    EventEmpirical Evaluation of Software Composition Techniques (ESCOT 2010), Saint Malo, France: Empirical Evaluation of Software Composition Techniques (ESCOT 2010) - St. Malo, France
    Duration: 16 Mar 2010 → …

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    PublisherAspect-Oriented Software Association


    ConferenceEmpirical Evaluation of Software Composition Techniques (ESCOT 2010), Saint Malo, France
    CitySt. Malo, France
    Period16/03/10 → …


    • METIS-276023
    • IR-71700
    • Aspect-Oriented Software Development
    • EWI-17807
    • controlled experiment
    • empirical
    • programming productivity

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