Subject: Re: ANN: CL application server, mit source
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: 2000/03/31
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <8c1ahp$8h9o7$>
William Deakin  <> wrote:
| Marco Antoniotti wrote:
| > ...what is a "shim"?
| AFAIK, it is a term borrowed from engineering or fixing things like
| motorbikes. It is like a thin (often soft) washer that allows a nut to be
| tightened more by compressing the soft metal shim or as a thin spacer...

And in the context of protocol stacks, a shim is a thin layer that adapts
(or "harmonizes", as they say in standards-speak) the layers above & below
it to each other. Also known as "glue code".


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