The present invention provides a directory service system for accessing a plurality of directory services in a uniform manner. Each directory service manages information relating to objects or that directory service. The type of information that a directory service manages for an object is defined by the object class of the object. An object class defines the properties (i.e., information) that a directory service manages for objects of that object class. Each property has a properly name and property type. A directory service has a property value for each property defined by the object class of each object. The directory service system comprises a schema browsing component, a name resolving component, a binding component, and an extending component. The schema browsing component controls the retrieving of the property name and property type of each property of each object class of each directory service. A client of the directory service system uses the schema browsing component to retrieve property names and property types of the object classes. The name resolving component controls the receiving of a unique identifier of an object within a directory service and the locating of the object within the directory service. The binding component controls the binding to an in-memory object representing a located object within a directory service. The extending component controls the defining of new object classes and new properties for each directory service. A client of the directory service system uses the extending component to define new object classes and new properties.
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