Overview and Call for Participation

Object technology promises significant benefits for developing and integrating large-scale distributed applications. Key challenges lie in inventing the right set of object abstractions and organizing them within some unifying framework so that the objects can interoperate, collaborate, and evolve efficiently. In the "build-from-scratch" projects there is considerable freedom in tackling these challenges. However the context is quite different in Systems Integration projects. These projects, by their very nature, are driven and constrained by the existence of legacy systems and a strong "a priori" committment to the use of off-the-shelf components including commercial middleware and implementation frameworks. Furthermore, since these projects are typically executed in tumultuous organizational context (that accompanies business process reengineering), there are significant implications for the practice of OOAD methods.

The objective of this workshop is to share our understanding and synthesize: the characteristic strengths and limitations of popular framework alternatives such as CORBA, ActivceX/DCOM, JAVA, and WWW for OO system integration efforts; and issues and approaches for successfully practicing OOAD in these contexts.


Sri Raghavan
Digital Equipment Corporation, Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Email: RaghavanS@mail.dec.com

Rudolf K. Keller
University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Email: keller@iro.umontreal.ca
WWW: http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~keller

Please address questions to Ruedi Keller (before June 26th) and to Sri Raghavan (after June 26th).

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