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In Intershop 7/Intershop Commerce Management the component framework is introduced to declare dependencies between code artifacts. It allows to initialize a graph of Java objects ("run-time component") that represent the running application types.
So-called component files are XML files that define which Java classes must be instantiated and how the members of the instances must be initialized/connected with each other (contracts, implementations and instances). Instances that are created by the component framework can be application-specific, i.e., different wirings can be achieved per application type.
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