Third USENIX Conference on Object-Oriented Technologies (COOTS), 1997
Metis: A Thin-Client Application Framework
Deborra J. Zukowski, Apratim Purakayastha, Ajay Mohindra, Murthy Devarakonda
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
P. O. Box 704
Yorktown Hts, NY 10598
This paper introduces a thin-client programming model and then
presents an object-oriented framework for developing applications
using the model. The programming model and the framework have evolved
from interactions with developers and users of commercial applications.
The key aspects of the thin-client programming model are that the
client downloads application front ends from the network; that these
applications rely only on services found on network servers; that the
services are bound as late as possible; and that the applications
interact with each other within the confines of a workspace.
We implemented the framework using Java Beans and JDK 1.1,
and developed several sample applications using the framework.