Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Harvey Siy, Ph. D.

Second Advisor

Sanjukta Bhowmick, Ph. D.

Third Advisor

Robin Gandhi, Ph. D.

Fourth Advisor

Victor Winter, Ph. D.


The aim of aspect-oriented development has been to address the issue of software reuse outside the domain of established object-oriented techniques within the challenging realm of similar cross-cutting concerns. By decoupling the concerns from the core functionality, aspect-oriented developed software results in a smaller code base and reduced code duplication. This decoupling though presents new challenges to the software development process. The process of separating concerns impacts the developers established engineering inclinations as well as existing, established notations, such as UML, that developers are familiar with utilizing for both designing and understanding the implemented software systems. This thesis will study the impact of aspect-oriented software development on programmers’ ability to comprehend the core system in addition to their comprehension of the aspect implementation.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Steenbock.