Crossing Technological Borders
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Integrating user interface components is particularly difficult when heterogeneous user interfaces are involved. While Chap. 7 has dealt with conceptual heterogeneity, this chapter addresses technological heterogeneity. Different technological platforms have their own programming languages, event processing mechanisms, and so on. This chapter shows the problems with cross-technological UI integration and discusses how the framework introduced in this book can be extended to support heterogeneous technologies. As discussed in Chap. 2, only a few approaches support the integration of heterogeneous UI technologies. Section 9.1 discusses the necessary extensions to the architecture introduced in Chap. 5, and Sect. 9.2 shows how the approach was applied in SoKNOS to integrate applications developed in Java and Flex.
KeywordsIntermediate Format Information Object Technological Platform Intermediate Representation Flex Component
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