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Preface: Special issue on objects and services

  • IVAN LANESE (a1) (a2) and DAVIDE SANGIORGI (a1) (a2)

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Objects and services are pervasive concepts in modern distributed systems. Objects and services, sometimes generically referred to as components, represent the unit of interaction. They offer mechanisms for abstraction and encapsulation, through a well-defined interface that specifies the way in which a given component can be used from the outside, thus hiding the details of the internal implementation. These features are important for building flexible systems, in which components can be used just by inspecting their interface.

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