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>>> C++ is an extremely poor application development language with
>>> compile time static binding and no (useful) runtime metadata.
>>> To work around that, the CORBA people (who were also quite enamored
>>> with C++) invented IDL (Interface Definition Language).
>> Umm, where did you read this?
> I got it from a CORBA committee member that I used to share an office
> with - but isn't it self-evident?
Did you ask in what sense runtime metadata and dynamic invocation in
C++ would have enhanced the possiblity to provide CORBA connectivity
to programs written in C, ADA or LISP?
As I said, I had the impression something like "programming
language neutrality" was somewhere in the charter...