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AspectMaps: A Scalable Visualization of Join Point Shadows

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Executive Summary

When using Aspect-Oriented Programming, it is sometimes difficult to determine at which join point an aspect executes. Similarly, when considering one join point, knowing which aspects will execute there and in what order is non-trivial. This makes it difficult to understand how the application will behave. A number of visualizations have been proposed that attempt to provide support for such program understanding. However, they neither scale up to large code bases nor scale down to understanding what happens at a single join point. In this paper, the authors present AspectMaps - a visualization that scales in both directions, thanks to a multi-level selective structural zoom.

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