RT Journal Article
JF Software Product Line Conference, International
YR 2007
VO 00
SP 223
TI A Case Study Implementing Features Using AspectJ
A1 Sven Apel,
A1 Don Batory,
A1 Christian Kastner,
K1 null
AB Software product lines aim to create highly configurable programs from a set of features. Common belief and recent studies suggest that aspects are well-suited for implementing features. We evaluate the suitability of AspectJ with respect to this task by a case study that refactors the embedded database system Berkeley DB into 38 features. Contrary to our initial expectations, the results were not encouraging. As the number of aspects in a feature grows, there is a no- ticeable decrease in code readability and maintainability. Most of the unique and powerful features of AspectJ were not needed. We document where AspectJ is unsuitable for implementing features of refactored legacy applications and explain why
PB IEEE Computer Society, [URL:http://www.computer.org]
LA English
DO 10.1109/SPLINE.2007.12
LK http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/SPLINE.2007.12