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Aspect Oriented Compilers

Date of Publication: 
September 1999
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Abstract: 
Aspect-oriented programming provides the programmer with means to cross-cut conventional program structures, in particular the class hierarchies of object-oriented programming. This paper studies the use of aspect orientation in structuring syntax directed compilers implemented as attribute grammars. Specifically, it describes a method for specifying definitions of related attributes as `aspects' and treating them as first-class objects, that can be stored, manipulated and combined. It is hoped that this embedding of an aspect-oriented programming style in Haskell provides a stepping stone towards a more general study of the semantics of aspect-oriented programming.
Venue: 
In Proc. of the First International Symposium on Generative and Component-Based Software Engineering. Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 1799