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An Empirical Study on Features and Aspects and Don Batory2

Summary: An Empirical Study on Features and Aspects
Sven Apel1
and Don Batory2
Department of Computer Science, University of Magdeburg, Germany
Department of Computer Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Abstract. Recent studies have suggested the techniques of aspect-orien-
ted and feature-oriented programming be combined to overcome their in-
dividual shortcomings. While previous work mainly argues on the basis
of conceptual considerations and micro examples, in this paper, we eval-
uate the key ideas quantitatively by means of a non-trivial case study,
a product line for overlay networks. Specifically, we pick out aspectual
mixin layers as a representative approach that unifies AOP and FOP
and show how our results apply to other approaches that integrate as-
pects and features. Although we have many results to report, we reveal
and discuss several issues that remain open. Furthermore, we present a
set of guidelines to assist programmers in how and when to use aspect-


Source: Apel, Sven - Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik, Universität Passau


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences