Advanced separation of concerns in agent-oriented design patterns
by Carla Silva, Jaelson Castro, Joao Araujo, Ana Moreira, Patricia Tedesco, John Mylopoulos
International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (IJAOSE), Vol. 3, No. 2/3, 2009

Abstract: Social patterns are agent-oriented design patterns that have been conceived to reflect the social and intentional features that are recurrent in cooperative and Multi-Agent Systems (MAS). The goal of this paper is to present a social pattern description technique called Agent Pattern Specification (APS), which takes into account the separation of pattern-related concerns in the MAS design level. We also use aspect-oriented programming to separate pattern-specific concerns in the MAS implementation level and evaluate it by using a suite of metrics for assessing well-known software engineering attributes such as the separation of concerns, coupling, cohesion and size. Our assessment suggests that the aspect-oriented solutions for mediation patterns improve the separation of pattern-related concerns.

Online publication date: Wed, 04-Mar-2009

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