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Pragmatic Type Interoperability

Providing type interoperability consists in ensuring that, even if written by different programmers, possibly in different languages and running on different platforms, types that are supposed to represent the same software module are indeed treated as one single type. This form of interoperability is crucial in modern distributed programming. We present a pragmatic approach to deal with type interoperability in a distributed system. Our approach is based on a specific serialization mechanism and a set of type conformance rules. We experiment the approach though .NET which we indirectly evaluate.

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