Naming-Service Concepts

In real life, a name provides an identity. People recognize and address you by your name. Similarly, in the world of distributed computing, objects are provided with identities. Because the underlying idea of distributed computing is reusability, objects need to interact with other objects to reuse functionality. To enable this, objects in the realm of distributed computing advertise the functionality that they provide. Objects advertise themselves by registering with a naming service. A naming service is a registry of objects advertising their functionality. Other objects or applications that need to access and use these functions contact the naming service and obtain the reference to the objects.

Figure 9.3 shows a typical ...

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