agents have recently become one of the most fastest growing areas
in information technology. The book introduces us to software agents used
in E-commerce, the potentials, possibilities, prototypes, and of course
limits and risks in using the agent technology.
Theoretical basis and practical examples
from the projects are used to simulate an agent-based marketplace in Java.
Some practical advice on how to implement a software agent are given in
The enclosed CD contains a limited licensed
version of the commercial agent system "Living Agents Runtime System"
along with the Java classes from the book.
Keywords: Software Agents, Multi-Agent
Systems, E-Commerce, Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce, Automated Negotiation
From the contents: Software agents
in microeconomy; Implementation surroundings; Digital Business Agents;
Coordination problem in the electronic marketplaces; Coordination in a
multi-agent system; The future of the agent-based marketplaces; Bibliography;