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Framework for Mobile Agents to take Advantage of the .NET Environment

Framework for Mobile Agents to take Advantage of the .NET Environment
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Author(s): Eder Shiu Ming Tsang (Monash University, Australia) and Raymond K.Y. Li (Monash University, Australia)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch046
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Microsoft released .NET a few years ago and since then, its support from software developers around the world has been rapidly gaining momentum. Microsoft has included XML Web Services within its .NET framework. As XML Web Services are standard based, vendor neutral, discoverable through service registries, and essentially oriented toward program-to-program interaction, they are therefore ideal ingredients for building mobile agent systems. Despite mobile agent technology is currently attracting a lot of attention from both industry and academia; a literature survey indicated that Microsoft has not yet released a framework to guide the deployment of mobile agents within its .NET environment. In this paper, a framework for the deployment of mobile agent is presented, showing how XML Web Services within the .NET environment can be utilized to provide the required security, autonomy, mobility and agent discovery functions.

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