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Using Reflection for Implementing ICOM, An Interoperable Common Object Model

Challa, Siva and Kafura, Dennis G. (1995) Using Reflection for Implementing ICOM, An Interoperable Common Object Model. Technical Report ncstrl.vatech_cs//TR-95-23, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Reuse of already developed object-oriented software components is reduced when software is written in different object-oriented languages, or when it is not easy to relocate the software components from one machine to another machine. Software development in a distributed and heterogeous environment is a solution to this problem. Several common object models have been defined for software development in a distributed and heterogeous environment. Most of the existing common object models do not agree upon a common set of object-oriented features. These models are weak (i.e., they have only a modest subset of object-oriented features) because they support both object-oriented and non object-oriented languages and mapping of the model into non object-oriented languages is a complex problem. In this paper an interoperable common object model (ICOM) that supports statically typed object-oriented languages is presented. The ICOM model has an extensive set of object-oriented features that uses reflection techniques to support the model. The architecture of ICOM framework is described and a detailed account on how reflection is used is given. A prototype involving dynamic method binding feature is explained in detail.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Historical Collection(Till Dec 2001)
ID Code:438
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Deposited On:05 December 2001
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