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%T Asynchronous Active Objects in Java
%A George Oprean, Jan Bækgaard Pedersen
%E Peter H. Welch, S. Stepney, F.A.C Polack, Frederick R. M. Barnes, Alistair A. McEwan, G. S. Stiles, Jan F. Broenink, Adam T. Sampson
%B Communicating Process Architectures 2008
%X Object Oriented languages have increased in popularity
   over the last two decades. The OO paradigm claims to model
   the way objects interact in the real world. All objects in
   the OO model are passive and all methods are executed
   synchronously in the thread of the caller. Active objects
   execute their methods in their own threads. The active
   object queues method invocations and executes them one at a
   time. Method invocations do not overlap, thus the object
   cannot be put into or seen to be in an inconsistent state.
   We propose an active object system implemented by
   extending the Java language with four new keywords:
   <code>active</code>, <code>async</code>,
   <code>on</code> and
   <code>waitfor</code>. We have modified Sun\[rs]s
   open\-source compiler to accept the new keywords and to
   translate them to regular Java code during desugaring phase.
   We achieve this through the use of RMI, which as a side
   effect, allows us to utilize a cluster of work stations to
   perform distributed computing

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