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An Empirical Study of Aspect-Oriented Metrics

Metrics for aspect-oriented software have been proposed and used to investi- gate the benefits and the disadvantages of crosscutting concerns modularisa- tion. Some of these metrics have not been rigorously defined nor analytically evaluated. Also, there are few empirical data showing typical values of these metrics in aspect-oriented software. In this paper, we provide rigorous defi- nitions, usage guidelines, analytical evaluation, and empirical data from ten open source projects, determining the value of six metrics for aspect-oriented software (lines of code, weighted operations in module, depth of inheritance tree, number of children, crosscutting degree of an aspect, and coupling on advice execution). We discuss how each of these metrics can be used to identify shortcomings in existing aspect-oriented software.

Journal: Science of Computer Programming ( United Kingdom )

Volume: 78

Number: 1

Pages: 117 to 144

Date: 2012

    Eduardo Piveta (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), Ana Moreira, Marcelo Pimenta (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), João Araújo, Pedro Guerreiro, Tom Price (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
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