A taxonomy of asymmetric requirements aspects

Niu, Nan; Easterbrook, Steve and Yu, Yijun (2007). A taxonomy of asymmetric requirements aspects. In: 6th International Conference on Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD'07), 12-16 Mar 2007, Vancouver, Canada.

URL: http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~sme/papers/2007/Niu-EA0...


The early aspects community has received increasing attention among researchers and practitioners, and has grown a set of meaningful terminology and concepts in recent years, including the notion of requirements aspects. Aspects at the requirements level present stakeholder concerns that crosscut the problem domain, with the potential for a broad impact on questions of scoping, prioritization, and architectural design. Although many existing requirements engineering approaches advocate and advertise an integral support of early aspects analysis, one challenge is that the notion of a requirements aspect is not yet well established to efficaciously serve the community. Instead of defining the term once and for all in a normally arduous and unproductive conceptual unification stage, we present a preliminary taxonomy based on the literature survey to show the different features of an asymmetric requirements aspect. Existing approaches that handle requirements aspects are compared and classified according to the proposed taxonomy. In addition,we study crosscutting security requirements to exemplify the taxonomy's use, substantiate its value, and explore its future directions.

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