Observers and Assistants: A Proposal for Modular Aspect-Oriented Reasoning







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Clifton, Curtis and Leavens, Gary T. (2002) Observers and Assistants: A Proposal for Modular Aspect-Oriented Reasoning. Technical Report 02-04a, Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University.

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In general, aspect-oriented programs require a whole-program analysis to understand the semantics of a single method invocation. This property makes reasoning difficult, impeding maintenance efforts, contrary to a stated goal of aspect-oriented programming. We propose some simple modifications to AspectJ that permit modular reasoning. This eliminates the need for whole-program analysis and makes code easier to understand and maintain.

Keywords:Observers, assistants, aspect-oriented programming languages, modular reasoning, specification, composition, AspectJ language, Java language, JML language, MultiJava language.
Comments:2002 CR Categories: D.3.3 [Programming Languages] Language Constructs and Features classes and objects, control structures, inheritance, modules, packages, procedures, functions, and subroutines, advice, observers, assistants, aspects; D.3.2 [Programming Languages] Language Classifications object-oriented languages, multiparadigm languages, AspectJ, JML; D.1.5 [Programming Techniques] Object-oriented programming aspect-oriented programming; D.3.1 [Programming Languages] Formal Definitions and Theory semantics.
Subjects:Software: PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES (E): Object-oriented Programming
Software: PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: Language Classifications
Software: PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: Language Constructs and Features (E.2)
ID code:00000280
Deposited by:Curtis Clifton on 07 May 2002
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