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Distributed objects on the Web


Various distributed object technologies have traditionally been seen as necessary to protect us from the uncertainties of a world where there is a perpetual state of partial failure. The World Wide Web is the second largest distributed system in the world, behind only the telephone network which has far simpler ambitions. This paper discusses various approaches to the task of integrating the Web with more deterministic distributed object technologies to create islands of reliability (or to add other specific capabilities) without compromising the global scale of the Web. However, it is dangerous to take the view that a globally popular system such as the Web was not designed correctly. The paper goes on to explore the essence of the Web's success and discusses whether other distributed object systems would benefit from being less obsessed with deterministic behaviour.

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Briscoe, R.J. Distributed objects on the Web. BT Technology Journal 15, 158–171 (1997).

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