Professor Awais Rashid from Lancaster University, UK, will be our invited speaker:

"Mary Magdalene, The Da Vinci Code and Early Aspects"

Workshop Motivation

Crosscutting concerns at the requirements and architecture level are referred to as early aspects. Analyzing early aspects is important in order to reason about the impact of crosscutting concerns on each other and later software development activities. Identifying and modularizing aspects in models developed during early phases of the software lifecycle is important because it supports the identification and analysis of aspects during design and coding phases.

The series of Early Aspects Workshops has now been running since AOSD 2002. The theme of this year's workshop is early aspects and software product lines. The AOSD and software product line communities are increasingly aware that techniques from one of these fields may be usefully applied to problems in the other field. This workshop aims at helping the communities of software product lines, requirements engineering, software architecture design, and aspect-oriented software development to exchange ideas, identify existing problems, and discuss potential solutions that integrate AOSD and software product line techniques.

This Early Aspects Workshop is co-located with the 7th International Conference on Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD.08) in Brussels, Belgium, in March/April 2008. The workshop is one of a series of similarly themed Early Aspects Workshops at major conferences in 2008. Other Early Aspects Workshops on early aspects and software product lines are planned for ICSE in Leipzig, Germany, in May 2008 (Early Aspects Workshop at ICSE 2008) and for SPLC in Limerick, Ireland, in September 2008.

While the theme of the Early Aspects Workshop at AOSD.08 is early aspects and software product lines, paper submissions on other early aspect topics are also welcome. Accepted papers will become part of the workshop proceedings and published in the ACM Digital Library. At the end of 2008, participants are strongly encouraged to submit improved versions of their workshop papers to a planned special journal edition of the Transactions on Aspect-Oriented Software Development (TAOSD). This special journal edition will focus on aspects and software product lines.