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Separation of concerns in compiler development using aspect-orientation

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Separation of concerns in compiler development using aspect-orientation
A major difficulty in compiler development regards the proper modularization of concerns among the various compiler phases. The traditional object-oriented development paradigm has difficulty in providing an optimal solution towards modularizing the analysis phases of compiler development, because implementation of each phase often crosscuts the class hierarchy defined by language syntax constructs. Object-oriented design patterns, such as the Visitor pattern, also cannot solve the crosscutting problem adequately because an object is not a natural representation of a collection of operations. This paper demonstrates the benefits of applying aspect-oriented programming languages (e.g., AspectJ) and principles to compiler design and implementation. The experience result shows that the various language constructs in AspectJ (e.g., intertype declaration, pointcut-advice model, static aspect members and aspect inheritance) fit well with the various computation needs of compiler development...
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Updated 15 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2006
Where SAC
Authors Xiaoqing Wu, Barrett R. Bryant, Jeffrey G. Gray, Suman Roychoudhury, Marjan Mernik
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