1) In Sun Microsystems' JavaBeans component architecture
and in Microsoft's Component Object
Model (COM), a container is an application program or subsystem in which the program building
block known as a component is run. For
example, a component - such as a button or other graphical user interface or a small calculator or
database requestor - can be
developed using JavaBeans that can run in Netscape containers such as browsers
and in Microsoft containers
such as Internet Explorer, Visual Basic, and Word.
2) In the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) Interface Repository, a
hierarchy for metadata,
a Container is one of three abstract superclasses (along with IRObject, and Contained).
This was last updated in April 2005
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