Preserving aspects via automation : a maintainability study
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
S.l. :IEEE, 2011
International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM), September 22-23, 2011
University of Antwerp
This paper presents an empirical study comparing two alternatives for generating code from aspect-oriented models. In an aspect "disrupting" process, an object oriented implementation in Java is automatically generated from domain specific models, comprising a mix of UML (for core functionality) and DSLs (for qualities like security and perfor mance). In an aspect "preserving" process, an aspect oriented implementation in AspectJ is automatically generated from the same models. In both alternatives, a number of subjects are asked to perform several maintenance tasks requiring the addition and improvement of functionality. The results show that, in most of the cases, the AO alternative provides for shorter maintenance cycles.