Mining Aspects from Version History

Authors Silvia Breu, Thomas Zimmermann

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Silvia Breu
Thomas Zimmermann

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Silvia Breu and Thomas Zimmermann. Mining Aspects from Version History. In Aspects For Legacy Applications. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 6302, pp. 1-10, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


As software evolves, new functionality sometimes no longer aligns with the original design, ending up scattered across a program. Aspect mining identifies such cross-cutting concerns in order to then help migrating a system to a better design, maybe even to an aspect-oriented design. We address this task by applying formal concept analysis to a program's history: method calls added across many locations are likely to be cross-cutting. By taking this historical perspective, we introduce a new dimension to aspect mining. As we only analyse changes from one version to the next, the technique is independent of a system's total size and scales up to industrial-sized projects such as Eclipse.
  • Aspect mining
  • formal concept analysis
  • mining software repositories


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