Using XML views to improve data-independence of distributed applications that share data.

Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Computer Science

First Advisor

Frost, R.


Computer Science.



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The development and maintenance of distributed software applications that support and make efficient use of heterogeneous networked systems is very challenging. One aspect of the complexity is that these distributed applications often need to access shared data, and different applications sharing the data may have different needs and may access different parts of the data. Maintenance and modification are especially difficult when the underlying structure of the data is changed for new requirements. The eXtensible Markup Language, or XML, has emerged as the universal standard for exchanging and externalizing data. It is also widely used for information modeling in an environment consisting of heterogeneous information sources. CORBA is a distributed object technology allowing applications on heterogeneous platforms to communicate through commonly defined services providing a scalable infrastructure for today's distributed systems. To improve data independence, we propose an approach based on XML standards and the notion of views to develop and modify distributed applications which access shared data. In our approach, we model the shared data using XML, and generate different XML views of the data for different applications according to the DTDs of the XML views and the application logic. When the underlying data structure changes, new views are generated systematically. We adopt CORBA as the distributed architecture in our approach. Our thesis is that: views to support data-independence of distributed computing applications can be generated systematically from application logic, CORBA IDL and XML DTD.Dept. of Computer Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .L86. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 1113. Adviser: Richard Frost. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.