Configuration Description and Specification Languages
While STAPL was in development, there were concerns raised about STAPL’s flexibility, infrastructure support and the ability of STAPL to develop into a practicable cross platform solution. To address these issues developers proposed a new Application Programming Interface (API). An API is library of related routines that provide well-defined and fully specified access to a particular product or feature. In this case, the feature is the device’s boundary-scan test access port. The idea was to leverage the infrastructure of an already proven technology that featured true portability, broad-based tools support, widely available platform support, a broad knowledge base and true scalability. The single programming language that delivered all those characteristics was Java.
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