Welcome to the Eighth International Symposium on Distributed Objects and Applications (DOA 2006). This year DOA was held in Montpellier, France, from October 30 to November 1, 2006.
The DOA conferences provide a forum for exchanging the latest research results on distributed objects, components, services, and applications. Research in distributed objects, components, services, and applications establishes new principles that open the way to solutions that can meet the requirements of tomorrow’s applications. Conversely, practical experience in real-world projects drives this same research by exposing new ideas and posing new types of problems to be solved. With DOA 2006 we explicitly intended to provide a forum to help this mutual interaction occur, and to trigger and foster it. Submissions were therefore welcomed along both these dimensions: research (fundamentals, concepts, principles, evaluations, patterns, and algorithms) and practice (applications, experience, case studies, and lessons). Contributions attempting to cross over the gap between these two dimensions were particularly encouraged. Towards this goal, we accepted both research and experience papers.