Palo Alto Research Center and Eclipse announce release of
AspectJ to the Open Source Community
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Enterprise Java Developers
Palo Alto, CA, March 18, 2003- The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and
Eclipse announced the transfer of AspectJ technology from PARC to Eclipse
and through the Eclipse Technology Project, to the entire open-source community.
AspectJ has an active following in both the research and industrial communities,
and represents a well-researched toolkit for Aspect Oriented Programming
Jim Hugunin, a PARC researcher who led the original development work
on AspectJ said, "We are pleased that the Eclipse community will continue
to enhance and refine the AspectJ code. Together, we are working hard to
get the next release out and welcome broad community support."
"Eclipse and the Eclipse Technology Project are delighted to become the new home
of AspectJ," said Dr. Brian Barry, who leads the Eclipse Technology Project.
"AspectJ represents an outstanding example of new approaches to improving
the developer experience and software productivity that have been enabled
by reusing core elements of the Eclipse Platform."
The most recent release of AspectJ builds on the Eclipse Java Development Tools (JDT) framework
that is proving to establish a successful synergy between the Eclipse and
AspectJ provides a Java language extension and toolset
that allows developers to better deal with problems that occur in large
software systems by separating out and centralizing solutions for crosscutting
issues. Some aspects of system implementation, such as logging, error handling,
standards enforcement and feature variations are notoriously difficult to
implement in a modular way. The result is that code is tangled across a
system and leads to quality, productivity and maintenance problems. Aspect
Oriented Software Development (AOSD) enables the clean modularization of
these crosscutting concerns. The AspectJ Development Tools project provides
Eclipse platform based support for AOSD that seeks to deliver a user experience
that is consistent with existing Java Development Tools (JDT).
Distributions of open-source projects managed by Eclipse are available
under the Common Public License. This license permits commercial works
to be made of the distributions royalty free. The Open Software Initiative
has certified the CPL.
The US Department of Commerce Advanced Technology
Project funded the original work on Aspect Oriented Programming. In addition,
DARPA - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -funded the early
development work of AspectJ at PARC and the community building costs associated
with it. PARC wishes to thank both agencies for their support.
For more information about AspectJ on Eclipse, please go to: http://www.eclipse.org/aspectj/.