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Aspect-oriented programming (AOP) allows software developers to add code to existing programs without changing the code related to the program’s main functionality. Learn about aspect-oriented programming with online courses delivered through edX.

What is aspect-oriented programming?

Aspect-oriented programming (AOP) is used to make it easier to add code to existing programs without changing the code itself.Footnote 1 AOP improves a program’s modularity by breaking code into manageable sections and separating cross-cutting concerns.Footnote 2

Cross-cutting concerns refer to tasks or aspects with repeated relevance throughout a program. These features can span multiple components of a software system, such as logging, security, and error handling. These concerns are often scattered across multiple classes and components, making it difficult to modify them without affecting the core functionality of the code. By using aspect-oriented programming, these cross-cutting concerns can be isolated into separate aspects, making the code easier to read and maintain.Footnote 3

Many popular programming languages implement AOP because of its efficiency and tight organization. This includes C++, Smalltalk, C#, C, and Java.Footnote 4 Aspect-oriented programming frameworks are software libraries that provide support for developing applications with this type of programming. Examples of frameworks include AspectJ, Spring AOP, and PostSharp.

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Jobs that use aspect-oriented programming

Efficient aspect-oriented programming can save valuable time during coding projects. Across industries, job roles that interact with programming languages may benefit from knowledge of aspect-oriented programming. This includes jobs like:

  • Software developer: can use AOP to create modular and reusable code.

  • Web developer: can use AOP to create more efficient web application architectures.

  • Programmer: can define reusable components and use them across multiple projects to help teams share code and maintain applications.

  • DevOps engineers: can use AOP to create automated processes that ensure applications are running efficiently.

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How to use aspect-oriented programming as a developer

At its core, aspect-oriented programming can provide developers with heightened flexibility and organization. When writing programs with several methods, developers could use AOP to save space by grouping concerns that affect multiple areas — from logging to caching. This functionality can be useful when developers are writing long applications with multiple logic layers. For example, Java applications can contain business, data, and web layers. Aspect-oriented programming allows developers to concentrate purely on business logic and make changes to essential concerns from one central location.Footnote 5

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