component architecture

component architecture

(programming)
A notion in object-oriented programming where "components" of a program are completely generic. Instead of having a specialised set of methods and fields they have generic methods through which the component can advertise the functionality it supports to the system into which it is loaded. This enables completely dynamic loading of objects. JavaBeans is an example of a component architecture.

See also design pattern.
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This guide to Service Component Architecture aids developers, architects, analysts, and technical managers in architecting and implementing enterprise systems.
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Enterprise Component Architecture for e-Business involves the "big picture" integration of web, enterprise components, and business logic in a service based architecture.
Component Systems' consultants will form the nucleus of BEA's new Component Architecture Group within its professional services organization, BEA said.
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Software with component architecture was designed for sequential execution, even though multi-threading might be used in their components.

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