UBF is a language for transporting and describing complex data structures
across a network.
While the XML series of languages had the goal of having a human readable
format the UBF languages take the opposite view and provide a "machine
UBF is designed to be easy to implement. As a proof of concept - UBF
drivers For Erlang, Oz, Java and TCL can be found in the download area.
Implementors are welcome to add new languages.
UBF is designed to be "language neutral" - UBF(A) defines a language
neutral binary format for transporting data across a network. UBF(B) is a
type system for describing client/server interactions which use UBF(A).
Central to UBF is the idea of a "contract" which regulates the set of legal
conversations that can take place between a client and a server.
A software component (the contract checker) is place between a client and
server which checks that all interactions between thew client and server
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