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