Disentangling Crosscutting in AOSD: Formalization based on a Crosscutting Pattern

J.M. Conejero, Klaas van den Berg, J. Hernández

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    Abstract

    Crosscutting is usually described in terms of scattering and tangling. However, the distinction between these concepts is vague, which could lead to ambiguous statements. Sometimes, precise definitions are required, e.g. for the formal identification of crosscutting concerns. We propose a conceptual framework for formalizing these concepts based on a crosscutting pattern that shows the mapping between elements at two levels, e.g. concerns and representations of concerns. The definitions of the concepts are formalized in terms of linear algebra, and visualized with matrices and matrix operations. In this way, crosscutting can be clearly distinguished from scattering and tangling. The usability of dependency matrices is illustrated in the analysis of crosscutting across several refinement levels, which can be formalized through the cascading of the crosscutting pattern.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationXI Jornados de Ingeniería del Software y Bases de Datos
    EditorsJ.C. Requelme, P. Botella
    Place of PublicationBarcelona
    PublisherCentro Internacional de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería
    Pages325-334
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)84-95999-99-4
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006
    EventXI Jornados de Ingenieria del Software y Bases de Datos, Barcelona, Spain: XI Jornados de Ingenieria del Software y Bases de Datos - Barcelona
    Duration: 1 Sep 2006 → …

    Publication series

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    PublisherCentro Internacional de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería
    Number10

    Conference

    ConferenceXI Jornados de Ingenieria del Software y Bases de Datos, Barcelona, Spain
    CityBarcelona
    Period1/09/06 → …

    Keywords

    • SE-AOC: Aspect and Object Composability
    • SE-SA: Software Architecture
    • METIS-248209
    • IR-67045
    • EWI-9610
    • Aspect-Oriented Software Development
    • Scattering
    • Tangling
    • Crosscutting

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