95-702 Organizational Communications and Distributed Object Technologies


Prereqs:95-712 Object-oriented programming; 95-704 Telecomm Management,
95-703 Database Management


Objective:With the emergence of the Net as a computing platform, distributed applications are being widely deployed by organizations. Understanding the principles/theory and the technologies underlying distributed computing and systems design is increasingly important. Examples of technologies supporting such deployment include J2EE architecture, the .Net architecture and Web services.


This course has three major objectives. First, it is designed to introduce students to the principles underlying distributed computing and the design of distributed systems. Second, it aims to provide students with the opportunity to exercise these principles in the context of real applications by having the students use technologies such as XML, SOAP, Web services, and J2EE/.Net-based application servers.Finally, it seeks to endow students with the capacity to analyze, design, evaluate and recommend distributed computing solutions skills in response to business problems.


Distributed Computing Principles


Distributed computing architectures: P2P, client server

Inter-process communication

Distributed objects and remote invocation

Naming and Name services

Time and Global State Management

Transactions and Concurrency control

Distributed Transactions


Material on principles of distributed systems can be taught from books such as Tannenbaum and Steen or the Couliris et al. book on Distributed Systems.



Internet-enabled Distributed Computing Technologies


Application Server architectures: J2EE and .Net

Extensions of the Java Distributed Object model and the DCOM component-based architectures


Web Services: WSDL, UDDI, SOAP, XML

http-based RPC combined with standards for interface definition and naming.


Discussion and application of select APIís from the API layer of the J2EE architecture to illustrate distributed transactions, middleware access protocols (MQ Series API), and Messaging services (JMS).


Project oriented teaching with implementation components to get students hands on skills with J2EE/.Net frameworks.