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This paper presents the Agent pattern, a design pattern useful to develop dynamic and distributed applications. The Agent pattern provides a clean and easy way to develop agent-based applications, mainly in open and large-scale distributed environments such as the Internet and application areas such as Electronic Commerce. The Agent pattern encapsulates a business specific class (a specialization of the Agent class), with some user identification and a specific security policy, providingdblp:conf/europlop/SilvaD98 fatcat:reax5ryrqjb6nle4uqbkm5tssu