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RAFDA: Middleware Supporting the Separation of Application Logic From Distribution Policy

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Executive Summary

Middleware technologies, often limit the way in which object classes may be used in distributed applications due to the fixed distribution policies imposed by the Middleware system. These policies permeate the applications developed using them and force an unnatural encoding of application level semantics. For example, the application programmer has no direct control over inter-address-space parameter passing semantics since it is fixed by the application's distribution topology which is dictated early in the design cycle by the Middleware. This creates applications that are brittle with respect to changes in the way in which the applications are distributed. This paper explores technology permitting arbitrary objects in an application to be dynamically exposed for remote access.

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