Rachel Burrows, Alessandro Garcia, and François Taïani

Coupling Metrics for Aspect-Oriented Programming: A Systematic Review of Maintainability Studies

Proceedings of 3rd & 4th International Conferences on the Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, (ENASE 2008 / 2009), Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, May 4-7, 2008 / Milan, Italy, May 9-10, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, Springer Series Communications in Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS), volume 69, pp. 277-290, Springer Verlag, 2010 (14p.)

Abstract
Over the last few years, a growing number of studies have explored how Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) might impact software maintainability. Most of the studies use coupling metrics to assess the impact of AOP mechanisms on maintainability attributes such as design stability and error proneness. Unfortunately, the use of such metrics is fraught with dangers, which have so far not been thoroughly investigated. To clarify this problem, this paper presents a systematic review of recent AOP maintainability studies. Our review consolidates data from recent research results, highlights circumstances when the applied coupling measures are suitable to AO programs and draws attention to deficiencies where coupling metrics need to be improved.

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doi:http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14819-4_20 (publisher's link)

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