Interface Description Language

(IDL) A language designed by Nestor, Lamb and Wulf of CMU in 1981 for describing the data structures passed between parts of an application, to provide a language-independent intermediate representation.

It forms part of Richard Snodgrass <rts@cs.arizona.edu>'s Scorpion environment development system.

Not to be confused with any of the other IDLs.

Mailing list: info-idl@sei.cmu.edu.

["The Interface Description Language: Definition and Use," by Richard Snodgrass, Computer Science Press, 1989, ISBN 0-7167-8198-0].

[SIGPLAN Notices 22(11) (Nov 1987) special issue].

Last updated: 1994-11-11

Nearby terms:

Interface Definition LanguageInterface Description LanguageInterface Message Processor

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