An object that other objects use to announce (`` export'') the services/capabilities they offer, and match the services (`` import'') they need against those exported by others. Export and import allow dynamic discovery of, and late binding to, services.
1) An object , not necessarily in the object orientation meaning, that selects one or more entities ( Server (s))to provide the services requested by another entity ( Client ). 2) An ODP infrastructure service that acts as a database for Interface References . Server objects advertise their services with the Trader, Clients use it to find and then connect to a desired service at run time. source: P103 - PIR2.3,ST3.4.1 domain:Development Environment usage: EU-P103
an object that supports the trading object service in a distributed environment