Aspects as modular language extensions

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Abstract

Extensible programming languages and their compilers use highly modular specifications of languages and language extensions that allow a variety of different language feature sets to be easily imported into the programming environment by the programmer. Our model of extensible languages is based on higher-order attribute grammars and an extension called "forwarding" that mimics a simple rewriting process. It is designed so that no additional attribute definitions need to be written when combining a language with language extensions. Thus, programmers can remain unaware of the underlying attribute grammars when building customized languages by importing various extensions. In this paper we show how aspects and the aspect weaving process from Aspect-Oriented Programming can be specified as a modular language extension and imported into a base language specified in an extensible programming language framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-574
Number of pages20
JournalElectronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003
EventLDTA'2003 - Language Descriptions, Tools and Applications - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: Apr 12 2003Apr 13 2003

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