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JSW 2014 Vol.9(9): 24454-2460 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.9.9.24454-2460

Aspect-Oriented Programming to Improve Modularity of Object-Oriented Applications

Jose M. Felix1, Francisco Ortin2
1Principality of Asturias, Computer Science Department, Oviedo, Spain
2University of Oviedo, Computer Science Department, Oviedo, Spain


Abstract—The separation of concerns design principle improves software reutilization, understandability, extensibility and maintainability. By using the objectoriented paradigm, it is not always possible to separate into independent modules the different concerns of an application. The result is that the source code of crosscutting concerns are tangled and scattered across the whole application. Aspect-oriented programming offers a higher level of modularity, providing a solution for the code tangling and scattering problem. To show how aspectoriented programming can be used as a suitable mechanism to improve the modularity of object-oriented applications, this divulgative article presents the implementation of a typical design pattern following both the object- and aspectoriented paradigms. The two approaches are compared from the modularity perspective, establishing a discussion on the benefits provided and is current use.

Index Terms—aspect-oriented programming, modularity, crosscutting concerns, AspectJ, separation of concerns

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Cite: Jose M. Felix, Francisco Ortin, "Aspect-Oriented Programming to Improve Modularity of Object-Oriented Applications," Journal of Software vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 24454-2460, 2014.

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