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middleware

/ˈmɪdəlˌwɛə/
noun
1.
computer software that has an intermediary function between the various applications of a computer and its operating system
Word Origin
C20: from middle + (soft)ware
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middleware in Technology


Software that mediates between an application program and a network. It manages the interaction between disparate applications across the heterogeneous computing platforms. The Object Request Broker (ORB), software that manages communication between objects, is an example of a middleware program.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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