Event-driven Mobile Computing with Objects

Tom Van Cutsem, Wolfgang De Meuter

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We motivate why event-driven approaches are suitable to address the challenges of mobile and ubiquitous computing. In particular, we describe the beneficial properties of event-based communication in so-called mobile ad hoc networks. However, because contemporary programming languages feature no built-in support for event-driven programming, programmers are often forced to integrate event-driven concepts with a different programming paradigm. In particular, we study the difficulties in combining events with the object-oriented paradigm. We argue that these difficulties form the basis of what we call the object-event impedance mismatch. We highlight the various issues at the software engineering level and propose to resolve this mismatch by introducing a novel object-oriented programming language that supports event-driven abstractions from the ground up.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Applications of Distributed Event-based Systems
EditorsAnnika Hinze, Alejandro P. Buchmann
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-1-60566-697-6
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2010

Bibliographical note

Annika Hinze and Alejandro P. Buchmann


  • mobile ad hoc networks
  • publish/subscribe
  • tuple spaces
  • ambient references
  • events

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