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   Re: IDL?

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  • From: Paul Prescod <papresco@technologist.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 15:29:46 -0500

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> The interface has to be simple enough for people like me to understand and
> to tell my friends what it's about. I would prefer to limit the Consumers,
> Factories and the rest to as few as possible.

An IDL interface implies no extra complication in the Java interface. It
merely describes the Java interface in terms that are more universal
than Java itself -- it is like a DTD for interfaces. So far nobody has
yet proposed anything that would make an IDL description impossible. All
I ask is that:

a) nobody do so later (e.g. require runtime lookup of Java class objects
or do something simiarly brain-dead) and 

b) implementations in other languages be considered "successes" in terms
of the success/failure of this project.

I don't think that either of these constraints endanger the success of
the Java-specific part of the project or make the Java-specific part
more difficult.
 Paul Prescod

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