An Embedded Software Modeling and Process by Using Aspect-Oriented Approach
Yong-Yi FanJiang, Jong-Yih Kuo, Shang-Pin Ma
DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2011.42012   PDF   HTML     4,762 Downloads   9,211 Views   Citations


In recent years, mobile devices have become widespread and refined, and they have offered increased convenience in human life. For these reasons, a variety of embedded systems have been designed. Therefore, improving methods for developing of embedded software systematically has become an important issue. Platform-based design is one example of an embedded-system design method that can reduce the design cost via improving a design’s abstraction level. However, platform-based design lacks precise definitions for platforms and design processes. This paper provides an approach that combines the aspects and platform-based design methods for developing embedded software. The approach is built on platform-based design methodology and uses the separating of concerns (SoC) concept to define the aspects and to reduce the crosscutting concerns in embedded system modeling. For aspect issues, we use the extended UML notation with aspects to describe both the static structure and the dynamic structure of the embedded system. We used an example of a digital photo frame system to demonstrate our approach.

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Y. FanJiang, J. Kuo and S. Ma, "An Embedded Software Modeling and Process by Using Aspect-Oriented Approach," Journal of Software Engineering and Applications, Vol. 4 No. 2, 2011, pp. 106-122. doi: 10.4236/jsea.2011.42012.

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