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Global Business Objects - Requirements and Solutions

Bischofberger W.R.
Riehle D.


Developing world-wide distributed object-oriented systems poses a number of difficult problems. In this paper, we summarize some of these problems as a set of requirements and we present our software architecture that addresses them. Our software architecture is reflective in all its key abstractions which is a prerequisite to successfully satisfy the requirements. Furthermore, it defines a set of common capabilities and standard implementations. Key capabilities comprise support for persistence, migration, event handling, transactions, hooking up inspection, debugging and security mechanisms. A mainstream banking application which conforms to the architecture is currently being developed at UBS, with Genesis as the lead consultant. Ubilab is focusing on the research aspects of the project such as type and domain model evolution, world-wide web integration, and introducing higher-level abstractions of software architecture which go beyond single classes and objects.

[Bis96a] Bischofberger W.R. and Riehle D.. Global Business Objects - Requirements and Solutions. In Mätzel K.-U., Frei H.P. (editors), Computer Science Research at Ubilab, Research Projects 1995/96; Proceedings of the Ubilab Conference '96, pages 79-98, Universitätsverlag Konstanz, Konstanz, November 1996.

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