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Collaborative applications experience with the Bauhaus coordination language

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3 Author(s)
N. Carriero ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Yale Univ., New Haven, CT, USA ; D. Gelernter ; S. Hupfer

Though extremely promising in the abstract, collaborative computing systems have not yet lived up to their full potential. Besides problems pointed out by other researchers, we blame a lack of integration that pervades the field. The collaborative computing landscape consists largely of a collection of specific groupware tools, each designed and built for a specific purpose. For the most part, applications remain isolated from, and incompatible with, each other and with a user's normal work environment. The infrastructures and toolkits that do exist for building groupware systems represent a promising approach, but tend to focus on one kind of system (e.g. synchronous or asynchronous) to the exclusion of others. To ameliorate such problems, we propose taking a coordination language-based approach to groupware construction. Our new coordination language, Bauhaus, has been used to successfully construct a variety of different kinds of groupware systems. We briefly describe the Bauhaus language and our Bauhaus system prototype. We then discuss three collaborative systems that we have built using Bauhaus: a multi-user discussion system, a meeting scheduler and a multi-user dungeon (MUD)

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System Sciences, 1997, Proceedings of the Thirtieth Hawaii International Conference on  (Volume:1 )

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7-10 Jan 1997