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Product-line stability is essential to promote the longevity of its core assets and products. Even though modularity is a key principle to achieve stable product lines, many of their varying concerns are crosscutting. Aspect-oriented decompositions are aimed at fostering superior modularity of such crosscutting concerns. However, their ability to improve stability of product lines has been rarely tested and, as a consequence, their industrial adoption has been hindered. This paper presents a stability benchmark for aspect-oriented product lines. It allows characterizing, quantifying, and comparing product-line stability promoted by aspect-oriented and conventional variability mechanisms.
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