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A Little Bit of Aspect-Oriented Programming Is Just Enough

Published: 21 June 2010

ID: G00201428

Analyst(s): Daniel Sholler, Ray Valdes, Eric Knipp


Aspect-oriented programming is an approach to maintaining and enhancing large, complex software systems that complements existing techniques. AOP is critical for systematic applications, but can be overkill for opportunistic applications.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Context
  • Analysis
    • AOP Complements Other Major Architectural Patterns
    • AOP Allows Programmers to Decouple Aspects From Business Logic
    • AOP Makes Long-Term Application Maintenance Easier
    • Programmers Familiar With AOP Are Widely Available
    • AOP Offers Low-Hanging Fruit, With Few Disadvantages
    • Appropriateness of AOP Varies by Use Case
  • Key Facts

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