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The San Francisco™ project establishes a new paradigm for building business applications. The product, targeted for independent software vendors (ISVs), provides a distributed object infrastructure (foundation), common business objects (CBOs), and business process components (BPCs). Together, they provide a platform-independent business application foundation, ready for extension by ISVs to produce end-customer, business-critical applications. The San Francisco project is written almost entirely in Java™ and to our knowledge is currently the largest Java development effort in the world. This paper provides an overview the San Francisco project, with emphasis on the Java considerations of the product's development, the lessons learned, and our recommendations for future Java language maturity.
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