Extending the Workplace Shell with Object Rexx - Rony G. Flatscher

IBM’s “Workplace Shell” (WPS) is an object-oriented (OO) user interface (UI) framework developed for and deployed in its PC operating system OS/2. The infrastructure used for building the Workplace Shell is IBM’s “System Object Model” (SOM), which allows for interfacing programs and functions of different programming languages like C, C++, COBOL, PL/I, Smalltalk and Object Rexx using a runtime component. The architecture and features of SOM were introduced into the shaping of the ”Object Management Group” (OMG) standard “Common Object Request Broker Architecture” (CORBA).

This paper introduces the concepts of these technologies and discusses the abilities introduced to a scripting language like Object Rexx by it.

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