A Slice of MDE with AOP: Transforming High-Level Business Rules to Aspects

  • María Agustina Cibrán
  • Maja D’Hondt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4199)


We propose an approach that combines MDE and AOSD to automatically translate high-level business rules to aspects and integrate them with existing object-oriented applications. The separation of rule-based knowledge from the core application as explicit business rules has been the focus of existing approaches. However, they fail at supporting rules that are both high-level, i.e. defined in domain terms, and operational, i.e. automatically executable from the core application. In this paper we propose high-level languages for expressing business rules at the domain level as well as their connections to the core application. We provide support for automatically translating high-level rules to object-oriented programs and their connections to aspects, since these crosscut the core application. Separation of concerns is preserved at the domain and implementation levels, facilitating traceability, reusability and adaptability. A prototype implementation and a discussion on trade-offs are presented.


Domain Method Business Rule Rule Engine Domain Entity Core Application 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Agustina Cibrán
    • 1
  • Maja D’Hondt
    • 2
  1. 1.System and Software Engineering LabVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselBelgium
  2. 2.INRIA Jacquard – Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale de LilleVilleneuve d’AscqFrance

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