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Reified Application Frameworks

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Inq: The Argument for a Reified Application Framework

Abstract

The overwhelming popularity of object oriented techniques and languages promotes their use in the implementation of business systems almost without question. This has led to more than one generation of OO frameworks for common services, such as transaction management and long-term persistence.

However over the complete life-cycle of design, implementation, test/rework and maintenance experience can show the benefits are doubtful and some question the consensus [Hickey].

The theory presented here has been developed into a procedural language and execution environment known as Inq. In turn, Inq has been used to great effect to develop the Synthetics trading system Xylinq [www.xylinq.com]