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 dynamic and distributed environment. Our approach is based on an optimistic transport protocol, specific serialization mechanisms and a set of implicit type conformance rules. We experiment the approach over the .NET platform which we indirectly evaluate.