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Fraglight: shedding light on broken pointcuts in evolving aspect-oriented software

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Fraglight: shedding light on broken pointcuts in evolving aspect-oriented software
Pointcut fragility is a well-documented problem in Aspect-Oriented Programming; changes to the base-code can lead to join points incorrectly falling in or out of the scope of pointcuts. Deciding which pointcuts have broken due to base-code changes is a daunting venture, especially in large and complex systems. We demonstrate an automated tool called FRAGLIGHT that recommends a set of pointcuts that are likely to require modification due to a particular base-code change. The underlying approach is rooted in harnessing unique and arbitrarily deep structural commonality between program elements corresponding to join points selected by a pointcut in a particular software version. Patterns describing such commonality are used to recommend pointcuts that have potentially broken with a degree of confidence as the developer is typing. Our tool is implemented as an extension to the Mylyn Eclipse IDE plug-in, which maintains focused contexts of entities relevant to a task. Categories and Subj...
Raffi Khatchadourian, Awais Rashid, Hidehiko Masuh
Added 16 Apr 2016
Updated 16 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2015
Where OOPSLA
Authors Raffi Khatchadourian, Awais Rashid, Hidehiko Masuhara, Takuya Watanabe
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