Chapter 6. Aspects: putting it all together

This chapter covers

  • Formally introducing aspects

  • Creating reusable aspects with aspect association

  • Using aspect precedence to coordinate multiple aspects

  • Bypassing access-specification rules using privileged aspects

Aspects represent the unit of modularization in AOP and AspectJ. They provide a way to include crosscutting constructs such as pointcuts and advice. You've already seen quite a few aspects in the preceding chapters' examples.

In this chapter, we'll take a closer look at the core aspect construct. We'll begin by examining the aspect construct in a formal way and compare it to the class—the most similar concept in object-oriented programming. Next, we'll examine the aspect association that provides ...

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