Declarative Composition of Aspects

I. Nagy, Lodewijk Bergmans, Mehmet Aksit

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    Aspect-oriented languages provide means to superimpose aspectual behavior on a given set of join points. It is possible that not just a single, but several units of aspectual behavior need to be superimposed on the same join point. Aspects that specify the superimposition of these units are said to "share" the same join point. Such shared join points may give rise to issues such as determining the exact execution order and the dependencies among the aspects. In this paper, we present a detailed analysis of the problem, and identify a set of requirements upon mechanisms for composing aspects at shared join points. To address the identified issues, we propose a general and declarative model for defining constraints upon the possible compositions of aspects at a shared join point. Finally, by using an extended notion of join points, we show how concrete aspectoriented programming languages, particularly AspectJ and Compose*, can adopt the proposed model.
    Original languageUndefined
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherCentrum voor Telematica en Informatie Technologie
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Publication series

    NameCTIT technical report series


    • IR-54195
    • METIS-227948

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    Nagy, I., Bergmans, L., & Aksit, M. (2005). Declarative Composition of Aspects. (CTIT technical report series). Enschede: Centrum voor Telematica en Informatie Technologie.