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Aspect-Oriented Solutions to Feature Interaction Concerns using AspectJ

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Publication date2003
Host publicationFeature Interactions in Telecommunications and Software Systems VII
EditorsDaniel Amyot, Luigi Logrippo
Place of publicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781586033484
Original languageEnglish


In this paper, we propose a two-level architecture for feature driven software development, consisting of a base layer for a feature’s core behaviour and a meta- layer for resolution modules that provide solutions to feature interaction problems. Whilst a standard programming language is used at the base level, e.g. an object- oriented language such as Java, we propose the use of an aspect-oriented programming language for the inherent cross-cutting concerns that exist at the meta- level. We evaluate the use of AspectJ for the implementation of interaction resolution modules at the meta-level. This evaluation is carried out through an in- depth study of an email system. We conclude that aspect-oriented approaches are highly suited for this split-level architecture and that the architecture has many benefits for feature driven software development. Finally, we also highlight a number of problems with AspectJ for our intended use, but discuss how the selection of an alternative aspect-oriented technique would avoid these problems.