Highlights of the POCO Platform are Remoting and the Open Service Platform (OSP). Remoting is a framework for implementing object-based inter-process communication (IPC), as well as SOAP/WSDL-based Web Services. Especially when building applications for embedded systems it often makes sense to split an application into separate processes to improve the stability and robustness of the resulting system. With Remoting, different processes can talk to each other simply by invoking methods of C++ objects over process boundaries. Additionally, the support for SOAP/WSDL-based Web Services makes it easy to integrate the resulting systems and applications into enterprise IT environments. The Open Service Platform enables the development of modular, dynamically extensible applications, based on a powerful component and services model. This provides a convincing solution for the problem of how to customize applications for individual configurations like different hardware features or customer-specific requirements. Applications based on OSP can be extended with new components at run-time. It is even possible to upgrade components to new versions without stopping and restarting the entire application.
New in release 2009.1 are support for digitally signed software components in the Open Service Platform, a new Shell Service for console-based administration of OSP applications, as well as improved integration of Remoting into the Open Service Platform. Numerous other improvements round off the new release.
"With the POCO Platform, C++ developers can focus their effort on innovative software features that distinguish their product from the competition, instead of working on infrastructure code such as a web server, inter-process communication of plug-in/component management", explains Günter Obiltschnig, Applied Informatics` Managing Director. "Since 2007, the POCO Platform has been used with great success by our worldwide customers in fields such as industrial automation, automotive test- and diagnosis systems, building automation, consumer electronics and enterprise applications. The great flexibility and scalability of the POCO Platform allows it to be used for embedded systems based on Linux or QNX, as well as on powerful server systems", continues Obiltschnig.
The POCO Platform is based on the free and open-source POCO C++ Libraries. The libraries are developed in an open-source project with contributors from all over the world. The project was started in 2005 by Günter Obiltschnig, now Managing Director of Applied Informatics.
POCO Platform Overview: http://www.appinf.com/pr/POCOPlatform.pdf
References and Links
POCO Platform: http://www.appinf.com/en/products/index.html
POCO C++ Libraries: http://pocoproject.org
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