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A WEB-BASED OO PLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS

Luis A. Guerrero, David A. Fuller

Computer Science Department, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile,
Vicuna Mackenna 4860, Santiago 6904411, Chile

Abstract

Building CSCW applications is still a complex task. This paper presents a software framework based on objects for building collaborative applications mainly on top of the Web. The 10 objects of the framework are box, boxObject, environment, user, role, session, broadcast, view, boxObjectType and floorControl. We argue that these objects can be combined to produce a great number of collaborative applications. The main aspects in the framework and objects design are discussed. Examples of applications that were developed using the framework are also shown.

Keywords: Collaborative applications construction; Object-oriented framework; CSCW; Web applications.