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Re: [aspectj-users] Frustrated Newbie

Hello Kevin,

Could you try the following and tell us if this is what you need, please?

public pointcut listeners() :
	within(*..*.Listener+) &&

    public pointcut mySpecialInterface() :
	within(*..*.Foo+) &&

    public pointcut myCode() :

    declare error :
	listeners() && !mySpecialInterface() && myCode() :
	    "All listeners must implement Foo";

The previous has a limitation, though, since it is not possible to have interfaces extending Listener but, from what you said in your e-mail, that does not seem to be a problem.

Kind regards,

Paulo Zenida

Citando Kevin F <aj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

I¹ve been at this for 4 days now.  I had some good luck with a few initial
cases where I was able to clean up some code and verify through testing it
worked like a charm.  I made a couple minor tweaks to those which broke them
giving the technology an unreliable feel.  I¹m willing to write that off as

So I continued on and tried to implement some simple enforcement policies
that I read in the book from the Eclipse Series (trying to support
development by buying products and all).  It isn¹t working at all and my
frustration level trying to implement even simple enforcement policies is
off the scale.

Yesterday, I posted the following to the AspectJ newsgroup without a
response yet.  I continued researching on my own, even using the latest
milestone AspectJ release for Eclipse 3.3M5.  Still no luck.

Newsgroup post:

I'm new to AspectJ so please no flames.  I'm using AJDT for Eclipse 3.2.1
and have been following the details from the "eclipse AspectJ" book.

I'm trying to enforce simple errors such as "It is an error to implement any
listener interface unless you also implement interface Foo."  To do this, I
want to try:

pointcut listeners() : within(*..*Listener*+);
pointcut myCode() : within(com.mycompany..*+);
pointcut mySpecialInterface() : within(com.mycompany.Foo+);
declare error: listeners() && myCode() && !mySpecialInterface()
             : "All listeners must implement Foo";

Since this did not work, I tried various experiments. So, I tried the following:

declare error: within(*..*Listener*+)
             : "A";
declare error: within(com.mycompany..*+)
             : "B";
declare error: within(*..*Listener*+) && within(com.mycompany..*+)
             : "A intersect B";
declare error: within(*..*Listener*+ && com.mycompany..*+)
             : "A intersect' B";
declare error: within(*..*Listener*+) || within(com.mycompany..*+)
             : "A union B";
declare error: within(*..*Listener*+ || com.mycompany..*+)
             : "A union' B";

A seems to be tagged correctly on all classes that implement any interface
with the word Listener in its name.

B seems to tag only a fraction of the classes I have written.

A intersect B and A intersect' B both result in no tags.

A union B and A union' B both seem to result in the union of what A and B
tagged above.

AOP seems so powerful yet so cryptic. Can anybody help?