A number of new modularization techniques are emerging to cope with the challenges of contemporary software engineering, such as aspect-oriented software development, feature-oriented programming, object-oriented design patterns, and the like. The effective assessment of such emerging modularization technologies plays a pivotal role on:
-A better understanding of their real benefits and drawbacks when compared to conventional development techniques
-Their effective transfer to mainstream software development
However, there is no standard approach or even any 'rules of thumb' for assessing such new software development approaches. This means that the evaluation of a technique is relatively arbitrarily chosen and made in an idiosyncratic manner.
The 1st Workshop on Assessment of Contemporary Modularization Techniques (ACoM.07) is the first initiative to put together researchers and practitioners with different backgrounds in order to discuss the multi-faceted issues that emerge in the assessment and/or comparison of new modularization techniques.