It is generally claimed that object-based models are very suitable for building distributed system architectures since object interactions follow the clientserver model. To cope with the complexity of today's distributed systems, however, we think that high-level linguistic mechanisms are needed to effectively structure, abstract and reuse object interactions. For example, the conventional object-oriented model does not provide high-level language mechanisms to model layered system architectures. Moreover, we consider the message passing model of the conventional object-oriented model as being too low-level because it can only specify object interactions that involve two partner objects at a time and its semantics cannot be extended easily. This paper introduces Abstract Communication Types (ACTs), which are objects that abstract interactions among objects. ACTs make it easier to model layered communication architectures, to enforce the invariant behavior among objects, to reduce the complexity of programs by hiding the interaction details in separate modules and to improve reusability through the application of objectoriented principles to ACT classes. We illustrate the concept of ACTs using the composition filters model.
|Title of host publication||Object-Based Distributed Processing|
|Subtitle of host publication||ECOOP '93 Workshop Kaiserslautern, Germany, July 26–27, 1993 Proceedings|
|Editors||Rachid Guerraoui, Oscar Nierstrasz, Michel Riveill|
|Place of Publication||Berlin, Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science|