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Reflections on architectural connection: seven issues on aspects and ADLs

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  • Thaís Batista
  • Christina Chavez
  • Alessandro Garcia
  • Awais Rashid
  • Cláudio Sant'Anna
  • Uirá Kulesza
  • Fernando Castor Filho
Publication date2006
Host publicationEA '06: Proceedings of the 2006 international workshop on Early aspects at ICSE
Place of publicationNew York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1-59593-405-7
Original languageEnglish


Abstractions to express architectural connection play a central role in architecture design, especially in Architecture Description Languages (ADLs). With the emergence of aspect-oriented software development (AOSD), there is a need to understand the adequacy of ADLs' conventional connection abstractions to capture the crosscutting nature of architectural concerns. This paper reflects on seven issues pertaining to the interplay of crosscutting concerns and architectural connection abstractions. We review and assess the design of existing aspect-oriented (AO) and non-AO ADLs with respect to these issues. A case study is used to illustrate our viewpoints, claims, and proposals.