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W3Objects: Bringing Object-Oriented Technology to the Web

Lookup NU author(s): David Ingham, Professor Mark Little, Professor Steve Caughey, Emeritus Professor Santosh Shrivastava



In this paper we discuss some of the problems of the current Web and show how the introduction of object-orientation provides flexible and extensible solutions. Web resources become encapsulated as objects, with well-defined interfaces through which all interactions occur. The interfaces and their implementations can be inherited by builders of objects, and methods (operations) can be redefined to better suit the object. New characteristics, such as concurrency control and persistence, can be obtained by inheriting from suitable base classes, without necessarily requiring any changes to users of these resources. We describe the W3Object model which we have developed based upon these ideas, and show, through a prototype implementation, how we have used the model to address the problems of referential integrity and transparent object (resource) migration. We also give indications of future work.

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Author(s): Ingham DB, Little MC, Caughey SJ, Shrivastava SK

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1997

Pages: 14

Print publication date: 01/04/1997

Source Publication Date: April 1997

Report Number: 590

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne

URL: .W3Objects: Bringing Object-Oriented Technology to the Web