Mapping the Interface Description Language Type Model into C

Karen Shannon, Richard Snodgrass

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Abstract

The Interface Description Language (IDL) is a notation for describing the characteristics of data structures passed among collections of cooperating processes in a programming environment. In this paper we discuss a mapping from IDL to C data structures and macro definitions that supports the full language and is type safe and runtime efficient, but is not particularly compile-time efficient nor easy to use. We then propose that the mapping be performed in a new preprocessor, thereby achieving all five goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1333-1346
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1989

Keywords

  • Interface Description Language (IDL)
  • intermediate representation
  • programming environment
  • type model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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