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The Dimension Architecture: A New Approach to Resource Access
September/October 2010 (vol. 27 no. 5)
pp. 74-81
Walter Kern, Landesamt für Finanzen
Christian Silberbauer, Competence Center Software Engineering
Christian Wolff, University of Regensburg
Creating resource access solutions—a recurring issue in developing software systems—becomes increasingly complex if pluggable and generic access is needed. Usually, developers employ plug-in concepts, Factory Pattern-based approaches, or concepts like Java I/O Streaming Architecture to solve this kind of problem. This article presents a new approach to resource access that's based on separating the resource access aspects, such as address, content format, and location type, to allow their flexible and configurable combination. The article also illustrates the approach using sample code that shows parts of its reference implementation and application.

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Index Terms:
software architecture, I/O, resource acquisition, resource access, dimension architecture
Walter Kern, Christian Silberbauer, Christian Wolff, "The Dimension Architecture: A New Approach to Resource Access," IEEE Software, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 74-81, Sept.-Oct. 2010, doi:10.1109/MS.2010.128
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