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Enabling Cross-Technology Mobile Applications with Network-Aware References

Abstract : Mobile devices, such as smart phones, have become ubiquitous. This evolution has given rise to a vast ecosystem of mobile applications. Typically these applications only use a small subset of the networking technologies at their disposal. Building applications that use multiple networking technologies simultaneously or exploit knowledge about the available connections is a laborious task. Programmers must manually keep track of the connectivity state and duplicate communication code per connection type. This paper presents network-aware references, a distributed object-oriented programming abstraction that eases multi-networking for mobile applications and allows programmers to react to changes in the connectivity of different networks around them. We show how network-aware references are implemented and evaluate how well they switch between technologies.
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Kevin Pinte, Dries Harnie, Theo D’hondt. Enabling Cross-Technology Mobile Applications with Network-Aware References. 13th Conference on Coordination Models and Languages (COORDINATION), Jun 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland. pp.142-156, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-21464-6_10⟩. ⟨hal-01582992⟩

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