Providing Multidimensional Decomposition in Object-oriented Analysis and Design

C. Constantinides (UK) and T. Skotiniotis (USA)


Crosscutting concerns, aspect-oriented software development


In this paper we argue that the explicit capture of cross cutting concerns in code should be the natural consequence of good and clean modularity in analysis and design, based on fine-grained (multidimensional) functional decomposition, and not the result of a corrective measure due to a tangled implementation. Aspect-Oriented Soft ware Development (AOSD) is an emerging paradigm that builds on the foundations of established paradigms while providing additional principles for addressing their weak nesses. The main theme of this paper is how to accommodate AOSD into existing software development processes by adapting or extending established object-oriented development techniques to an aspect-oriented context.

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