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Language peer sets for IDL:
United States
United States/1987
Designed 1987
1980s languages
Fifth generation
Late Cold War


Interface Definition Language 

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Country: United States
Designed 1987
Published: 1987

Interface Definition Language.
Project DOE, SunSoft, Inc.
Part of an effort to integrate distributed object technology into the Solaris OS. IDL provides the standard interface between objects, and is the base mechanism for object interaction.


  • David Lamb, (1987) David Lamb, "IDL: sharing intermediate representations", ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems, 9(3) 1987 DOI Abstract
  • Nestor, J. (1989) Nestor, J. R. (1989). IDL : the language and its implementation. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice Hall.
  • Snodgrass, R. (1989) Snodgrass, R. and K. P. Shannon (1989). The interface description language : definition and use. Rockville, MD, Computer Science Press.
  • Gudgin, M. (2000) Gudgin, M. Essential IDL : interface design for COM. Boston, MA, Addison-Wesley 2000
  • Gumley, L. (2002) Gumley, L. E. Practical IDL programming : creating effective data analysis and visualization applications. San Diego, Morgan Kaufmann 2002
  • (2002) Library of Congress Subject Headings I194
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