Interface Definition Language

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Interface Definition Language or IDL is a formal way of defining the interface of a software object in an object-oriented system or language, it is meant to give the objects a degree of tool and language independence by having a set way of sending object requests. On this wiki most of the references will be to the SOM Interface Definition Language

Used in the OS/2, UNIX and Microsoft Windows worlds, but with some variations.

IDL as a file format

Plain text file formatted much like C, however the is no firm syntax standard so they can vary from system to system although most have some relation to the OMG IDL definition.

Text editors with IDL file support

  • FTE - Has support for syntax highlighting, code folding and syntax-aware autoindent. - Open source - Current

IDL related utilities

  • DOC++ - Automatic document generator - Open source - Discontinued

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