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Third USENIX Conference on Object-Oriented Technologies (COOTS), 1997

Service Configurator A Pattern for Dynamic Configuration of Services

Prashant Jain and Douglas C. Schmidt
Department of Computer Science
Washington University
St. Louis, MO 63130


This paper describes the Service Configurator pattern, which decouples the implementation of services from the time when they are configured. This pattern increases the flexibility and extensibility of applications by enabling their constituent services to be configured at any point in time. The Service Configurator pattern is widely used in application environments (e.g.,to configure Java applets into WWW browsers), operating systems (e.g., to configure device drivers), and distributed systems (e.g., to configure standard Internet communication services).
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