Date of Award
Master of Science
Emerging modularization techniques such as aspects and
their precursors such as events in implicit invocation
languages aim to provide a software engineer with better
facilities to separate conceptual concerns in software
systems. To facilitate adoption of these techniques in
real world software projects, seamless integration into
well-accepted practices such as a test-driven
development process is essential.
To that end, the main contribution of this thesis is an
analysis (both pragmatic and theoretical) of the impact
of a class of such techniques on the efficiency of a
test-driven development process, which involves frequently
compiling and testing programs in a process commonly
known as the edit-compile-test cycle.
I study two variants: the popular model of aspects as
in the AspectJ-like languages, and a recently suggested
alternative based on quantified, typed events embodied in
the Ptolemy language.
I present a case study analyzing two variants of the
aspect-based model on two open source projects and a
theoretical analysis of the quantified, typed
My results show that a seamless adoption of the
aspect-based model requires careful balancing of
competing parameters to ensure efficiency of a
test-driven development process, whereas a quantified,
typed event-based model naturally supports separate
compilation thus decreasing the time spent in the
Rakesh Bangalore Shivarudra Setty
Setty, Rakesh Bangalore Shivarudra, "On the test-driven development of emerging modularization mechanisms" (2008). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 11897.