[whatwg] Web Apps 1.0 Editorial: IDL Bindings
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Sun Feb 4 14:27:54 PST 2007
For a few years I spent a lot of time teaching DOM to mixed audiences:
room. Initially I described a lot of examples in IDL to try not to
offend anybody. Instead, as it happened, I annoyed everyone equally.
I rapidly learned that almost nobody was actually comfortable reading
IDL. Showing the Java bindings with some hand waving and an example or
more than IDL. I soon dropped all the IDL material from my notes. No one
I understand why DOM and now Web Apps 1.0 needed to be *defined* in
terms of IDL, but I suspect it would be very helpful if there were
normative (or perhaps non-normative) appendices that showed the bindings
to at least Java, and possibly other languages as well. This would be
much easier for most programmers to read and understand.
I don't yet see any placeholder in the spec for this. My apologies if I
missed it; but I do think this would be a very useful addition for
pedagogical reasons if nothing else.
For myself, I am working on some Web Apps 1.0 notes at the moment, and
am translating the IDL into Java by hand just to make it a little
clearer to my audience.
Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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