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3.15.1. Introduction

One of the major stumbling blocks of developing and fielding complex distributed applications is the difficulty in implementing and debugging using existing communication tools. The focus of the NetClasses architecture has been to provide the tools necessary for programmers to develop complex distributed applications without having to deal with the esoteric details of low-level communications.

NetClasses is a set of C++ class libraries that is organized as a software toolkit. The typical user of the NetClasses libraries will be a distributed systems application developer who requires an object-oriented framework for distributed, message-passing based programming. By linking the appropriate NetClasses libraries, application programmers are then able to: