When a "shim" is not a "shim"

Subject: When a "shim" is not a "shim"
From: MList -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 10:07:37 -0400

Let's imagine that a company puts out a product that includes
software libraries that work just dandy on several operating
systems and variants. Then, they expand support to a couple of
previously unsupported variants. To do so, the company finds
that they need to make some straightforward, yet far-reaching
changes to their libraries. In the short term, they opt instead
to create an add-on or shim library that handles the differences
peculiar to the new OS variants, without disturbing the stable
and tested performance of the main libraries on all the other
OS variants.

They'll stick with this format for the next point-release or
three, then roll the shim functionality into the main library
stream for the full-integer release.

Problem is that nobody at this (ahem) unnamed company likes
the term "shim".

What's a nice, innocuous one-word name/adjective to replace "shim"?

So far, they've been referring to it by its obscure, alphabet-soup
filename, but that's not the preferred solution.

Thoughts? Suggestions?


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