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

Khatchadourian, Raffi and Rashid, Awais and Masuhara, Hidehiko and Watanabe, Takuya (2015) Fraglight:shedding light on broken pointcuts in evolving aspect-oriented software. In: SPLASH Companion 2015 Companion Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity. ACM, New York, pp. 17-18. ISBN 9781450337229

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Abstract

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.

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This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in the following publication: SPLASH Companion’15, October 25–30, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA, USA c 2015 ACM. 978-1-4503-3722-9/15/10... http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2814189.2814195
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