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The definitive (and only) introduction to Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) using Eclipse and ASpectJ.

° Author team is made up of the lead developers of AspectJ Development Tools(AJDT)

° AOP and AspectJ are rapidly growing and evolving along with Eclipse

° The first book to present a complete package of a productive development environment for AOP


  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-24587-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-24587-8

Aspect-oriented software design (ASOD), which follows the Java philosophyof "write once, run anywhere", is a new way of thinking about programconstruction. It is a rapidly growing and evolving programming methodologythat some feel may eventually replace object-orientation as the dominantprogramming paradigm. The first public release of the AspectJ programminglanguage was in 1998 and has been gaining momentum ever since. This book isan introduction to AOP with AspectJ and Eclipse and shows how to create aproductive AO development environment by using the AspectJ DevelopmentTools for Eclipse (AJDT). Tools have an important role to play in learningaspect-orientation (AO) and Eclipse tools help Java developers betterunderstand AOP. In fact the growing interest in AOP can be attributed to thebetter available tools and this book teaches the reader everything they need tounderstand AOP and apply it successfully to their own projects.


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1. Getting Started.

    What Is Eclipse?

    Installing Eclipse.

    Eclipse Basics.

    Installing AJDT.

    Examples for This Book.

    Summary .

2. First Steps in AJDT.

    A Simple Insurance Application.

    Tracking Policy Updates.

    Creating an AspectJ Project.

    Creating the PolicyChangeNotification Aspect.

    Stating the Notification Policy.

    Implementing the Notification Policy.

    Showing Advice In AJDT.

    Evaluating the Implementation.

    Finishing Touches.


3. Extending the Application.

    The Story So Far.

    Serialization-Based Persistence.


    Managing Build Configurations.


4. More AJDT.

    Building an ASPECTJ Project.


    Editor Templates and the Outline View Toolbar.

    Generating Documentation (Ajdoc).

    AspectJ Help, Examples, and Cheat Sheets.



5. An Overview of AspectJ.

    What Is An Aspect?

    Join Points and Pointcuts.


    Inter-Type Declarations.

    Key Design Properties of the AspectJ Language.



6. Straight to the Point.

    The Calculator Program.

    Introduction to Pointcut Designators.

    The Method Call Pointcut Designator.

    Pointcut Composition.

    Patterns and Signatures.

    The Method Execution Pointcut Designator.

    The Target Pointcut Designator.

    The this Pointcut Designator.

    The get and set Pointcut Designators.

    Capturing Context with the args Pointcut Designator.

    Extracting Values with this and target.

    The handler Pointcut Designator.

    Initialization Pointcut Designators.

    Static Scoping Pointcut Designators: within, withincode.

    Dynamic Scoping Pointcut Designators: cflow, cflowbelow.

    The adviceexecution Pointcut Designator.

    The if Pointcut Designator.

    How to Write a Good Pointcut.

    Common Pitfalls.


7. Take My Advice.

    The Different Types of Advice.

    Advice Parameters and Pointcuts.

    Writing Logic in the Body of Advice.

    Advice Ordering.

    Softening Exceptions.

    declare warning and declare error.

    Common Pitfalls. 



8. Inter-Type Declarations.

    Fields, Methods, and Constructors.

    Scope and Visibility.

    Inter-Type Declarations and Interfaces.

    Extending Classes.

    Using Pointcuts and Advice with Inter-Type Declarations.


9. Aspects.

    Aspect Definition and Initialization.

    Aspect Instantiation.

    Aspect Inheritance.

    Inner Aspects.

    Aspect Privilege.

    Common Pitfalls.


10. Using the AspectJ API.

    Package org.aspectj.lang.

    Package org.aspectj.lang.reflect.



11. Adopting AspectJ.

    The Adoption Process.

    Different Types of Aspects.

    Enforcement Aspect Examples.

    Infrastructure Aspect Examples.

    Core Aspect Examples.

    Evaluating the Simple Insurance Application.



12. Advanced AJDT.

    Aspect Libraries.

    Linking Aspects with Compiled .class Files.

    Ant Integration.

    Aspect Visualization.


13. Aspect-Oriented Design.

    Finding Aspects.

    What Makes a Good Aspect?

    Closing Thoughts.

Appendix A. Command-Line AspectJ.

    Installing AspectJ.

    Using the Compiler.

    Building with Ant.

Appendix B. AspectJ Language Quick Reference.

    Aspect Declaration.




    Inter-Type Declarations.

Appendix C. Next Steps.

    Mailing Lists and FAQ.

    Raising Bugs and Enhancement Requests.

    Contributing to the Development of AspectJ and AJDT

Appendix D. AJDT Icons Reference.


    Object Adornments.


    Build Configuration.



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