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- From: Andrew Layman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 16:44:57 -0800
I have to agree with Paul here. If the interface is only implementable in a
single language, then you've failed. Programmers need to make engineering
tradeoffs among a number of factors, and will sometimes very reasonably
choose one language over another. We could expediently pick one language
and ignore all others in order to simplify the problem a little, but that
would be letting the solution dictate the problem. I don't recommend it,
since it would simply mean that the parsers written in other languages would
be guaranteed incompatible.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Prescod [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 1997 12:30 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: IDL?
> Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> > The interface has to be simple enough for people like me to understand
> > to tell my friends what it's about. I would prefer to limit the
> > 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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- RE: IDL?
- From: David Megginson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- RE: IDL?
- From: Peter Murray-Rust <email@example.com>