Patterns for Designing Agent-Based e-Business Systems

Patterns for Designing Agent-Based e-Business Systems

Michael Weiss (Carleton University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-588-7.ch001
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Agents are rapidly emerging as a new paradigm for developing software applications. They are being used in an increasing variety of applications, ranging from relatively small systems such as assistants to large, open, mission-critical systems like electronic marketplaces. One of the most promising areas of applications for agent technology is e-business. In this chapter, we describe a group of architectural patterns for agent-based e-business systems. These patterns relate to front-end e-business activities that involve interaction with the user, and delegation of user tasks to agents. Patterns capture well-proven, common solutions, and guide developers through the process of designing systems. This chapter should be of interest to designers of e-business systems using agent technology. The description of the patterns is followed by the case study of an online auction system to which the patterns have been applied.

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