[ANNOUNCE] OMG IDL compiler front end V1.3 available

jyl@burgess.eng.sun.com (Jacob Levy)
Thu, 10 Mar 1994 14:26:32 GMT

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From: jyl@burgess.eng.sun.com (Jacob Levy)
Keywords: OOP, tools, FTP
Organization: What?! Organization???
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 1994 14:26:32 GMT


SunSoft, Inc., Mountain View, California, has placed the source code to
Project DOE's OMG Interface Definition Language (IDL) compiler front end
(CFE) on OMG's file server, making the implementation publicly available.
This release is identified by the version number 1.3.

Project DOE is SunSoft's corporate-wide development effort to integrate
distributed object technology into the Solaris O/S. OMG (Object Management
Group) is the industry wide body formed to create specifications for
distributed object technology. It currently has more than 370 members. OMG
IDL is part of OMG's CORBA 1.1 specification and provides a standardized
way for defining object interfaces. OMG IDL forms the basis for distributed
object interaction in Project DOE.

The SunSoft OMG IDL CFE provides a complete framework for building
CORBA 1.1-compliant preprocessors for OMG IDL. By using this standard
implementation, developers of OMG IDL compilers will save many months
of work and enhance the portability and interoperability of OMG
IDL-interfaced objects.

The SunSoft OMG IDL CFE allows convenient and fast integration of new back
ends to the compiler. The release consists of a front end which converts
OMG IDL to an intermediate format, a compiler framework driver, an example
implementation of a compiler back end, and a set of protocols for
interaction between the front and back ends. The SunSoft OMG IDL CFE
parser uses components generated by yacc and lex.

The SunSoft OMG IDL CFE is designed to allow easy extension of OMG IDL
without impacting existing back-end implementations. As the CORBA
specification evolves, any new updates to the IDE CFE will be placed
by SunSoft on the OMG server.

This release provides a directory with several examples of OMG IDL
specifications to allow users to become familiar with the process of
writing OMG IDL code.

For more information send email to idl-cfe@sun.com.


The SunSoft OMG IDL CFE is available at no charge through anonymous FTP
in source form on the OMG file server, omg.org. Please retrieve the
file OMG_IDL_CFE_1.3.tar.Z from the directory pub/OMG_IDL_CFE_1.3. Please
let us know who you are if you retrieve the compiler front end using this
method, by sending email to idl-cfe@sun.com.

You can also retrieve the software by using the OMG mail server program.
Send email with the subject 'help' to omg_idl@omg.org, and the mail server
will respond with instructions on how to retrieve the software.


The SunSoft OMG IDL CFE is available now.


Please let us know who you are if you decide to use this software, and how
you use it. Please send email to:


This address can also be used to report problems, bugs, suggestions and
send general comments.

We ask that if you make extensions or modifications to this source release,
please make these extensions available to others using the OMG IDL compiler
front end, by sending the modified sources to the above email address. This
will help us evaluate your extensions for inclusion in a future version. It
also ensures your investment in these extensions when new versions of the
CFE are released.

[Same as version 1.1, message 92-10-062]

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