Mariano Ceccato and Paolo Tonella,
Measuring the Effects of Software Aspectization
The aim of Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) is the production of code that is
easier to understand and evolve, thanks to the separation of the
crosscutting concerns from the principal decomposition. However,
AOP languages introduce an implicit coupling between the aspects and the
modules in the principal decomposition, in that the latter may be unaware
of the presence of aspects that intercept their execution and/or modify their
structure. These invisible connections represent the main drawback of AOP.
A measuring method is proposed to investigate the trade-off between advantages
and disadvantages obtained by using the AOP approach. The method that we
are currently studying is based on a metrics suite that extends the
metrics traditionally used with the OO paradigm.
Postscript version of the paper.