Chapter 5. Object References

Object references in CORBA provide a key abstraction, encapsulating the location details of a remote CORBA object and abstracting away the network protocol layer. In a CORBA system augmented by CORBA services, object references do even more work, being responsible for encapsulating security details and propagating transaction context.

From the perspective of the developer, however, object references appear to be quite simple. They are objects much the same as regular C++ or Java objects. You invoke the methods of an object reference like any normal object. It is then up to the ORB to take care of locating the CORBA object, establishing a connection, negotiating secure connections, sending and receiving messages, ...

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