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Patent Title: Communications system for exchanging data between computers in a network and a method of operating such a system in which communications services are defined within a common object class

Assignee: IBM
Patent Number: US5687373
Issue Date: 11-11-1997
Application Number:
File Date:04-04-1995

Abstract: A communications system and method, for facilitating exchange of data between a first computer and a second computer connected in a network to operate in a client/server arrangement: The first computer employing a different operating system to the second computer and the system having a basic communications application program interface (API). The system includes a first device for processing requests from a first application running on the first computer for connection with the second computer to carry out one of a plurality of communication services, second device for instructing a second application on the second computer to carry out the communications services and for returning data provided by the second application to the first computer and a storage device, on each computer accessible by the respective devices, storing a single object class for providing definitions for each of the plurality of communication services.


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