Object Management Group Request for Proposal, Interface Definition Language

The Object Management Group (OMG), an international technology standards organization, announced its request for proposal (RFP) an Interface Definition Language v4 (IDL4) to C++ Language Mapping specification.

The language mapping specification will provide data distribution service (DDS) and CORBA users with interoperable API for C++ programming language.

“The existing IDL to C++ language mappings are currently being exercised by thousands of DDS- and CORBA-based systems,” said RFP author & principal software engineer at RTI Fernando Garcia Aranda, in a press release. “As new systems adopt OMG IDL, it is important to keep our standard mappings current so new and existing systems can benefit from the new additions to the language.

“With this RFP, we define an updated set of IDL to C++ mappings that make use of the new features of the most recent versions of the OMG IDL to the fullest extent.”

The latest version of the OMG IDL has been published as the ISO standard ISO/IEC 19516:2020.

OMG has strengthened IDL by incorporating new syntax and a flexible structure, supporting new use cases. Due to the enhancements, IDL requires updated language mappings. This allows DDS and CORBA users to benefit from new features when using programming languages like C++, Java, or C#.

Per the company, both members and non-members of OMG can express interest in the IDL4 to C++ Language Mapping RFP by submitting a Letter of Intent by December 24, 2020. To submit individually or as part of a submission team, companies must become members of OMG by the initial submission deadline of February 22, 2021.

For more information, visit https://www.omg.org/cgi-bin/doc?mars/2020-08-01

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