JAC: An Aspect-Based Distributed Dynamic Framework

Renaud Pawlak 1 Lionel Seinturier 2, 1 Laurence Duchien 1 Gérard Florin 3 Fabrice Legond-Aubry 4, 3 Laurent Martelli
1 JACQUARD - Weaving of Software Components
LIFL - Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Lille, Inria Lille - Nord Europe
2 Regal - Large-Scale Distributed Systems and Applications
LIP6 - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6, Inria Paris-Rocquencourt
4 MoVe - Modélisation et Vérification
LIP6 - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6
Abstract : In this paper, we present the Java Aspect Components (JAC) framework for building aspect-oriented distributed applications in Java. This paper describes the aspect-oriented programming model and the architectural details of the framework implementation. The framework enables extension of application semantics for handling well-separated concerns. This is achieved with a software entity called an aspect component (AC). ACs provide distributed pointcuts, dynamic wrappers and metamodel annotations. Distributed pointcuts are a key feature of our framework. They enable the definition of crosscutting structures that do not need to be located on a single host. ACs are dynamic. They can be added, removed, and controlled at runtime. This enables our framework to be used in highly dynamic environments where adaptable software is needed.
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Renaud Pawlak, Lionel Seinturier, Laurence Duchien, Gérard Florin, Fabrice Legond-Aubry, et al.. JAC: An Aspect-Based Distributed Dynamic Framework. Software: Practice and Experience, Wiley, 2004, 34 (12), pp.1119-1148. ⟨10.1002/spe.605⟩. ⟨inria-00000042⟩

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