The Any Framework - A Pragmatic Approach to Flexibility
During the development of Beyond-Sniff, a distributed multi-user development platform, we were confronted with various, apparently unrelated problems: data, control, and user interface integration of distributed components, system configuration, user specific preferences, etc. Undoubtedly, it is not trivial to find solutions for such issues, but C++ makes it even more challenging due to its static nature and insufficient meta-information. To overcome these shortcomings, we implemented a small and powerful framework called Any. The Any framework augments C++ with a flexible, dynamic, garbage-collected data representation mechanism. It serves as a language-independent data integration vehicle and provides data management and declarative retrieval facilities.
[Mat96] Mätzel K.-U. and Bischofberger W.R.. The Any Framework - A Pragmatic Approach to Flexibility. In Proc of the 2nd USENIX Conf on Object-Oriented Technologies and Systems (COOTS), Toronto, Canada, pages 179-190, 1996.