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This paper introduces COAST, an object-oriented toolkit for the development of synchronous groupware, which enhances the usability and simplifies the development of such applications. COAST offers basic and generic components for the design of synchronous groupware and is complemented by a methodology for groupware development. Basic features of the toolkit include transaction-controlled access to replicated shared objects, transparent replication management, and a fully optimistic concurrencydoi:10.1145/240080.240186 dblp:conf/cscw/SchuckmannKSH96 fatcat:ayuadhtn7ben5fcpveq5xuuhuy