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glue code (glue code language)

Glue code, also called binding code, is custom-written programming that connects incompatible software components.

Glue code can be written in the same language as the code it is connecting together, but it is often written in a specialized interpreted scripting language for connecting system components called a glue language. Popular glue languages include include AppleScript, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, VBScript and PowerShell.

In addition to connecting disparate software modules, glue code can be used to tie together multiple systems. If an organization runs cloud services on both Amazon and Google, for example, glue code can be written to allow workloads and data flow between the two companies' servers. Glue code is also useful for custom shell commands, application wrappers and rapid application prototyping

Glue code is sometimes looked upon as a necessary evil because it can easily become the weakest link for service level agreements (SLAs) and, if not managed properly, become excessively complicated spaghetti code that negatively affects performance. 

See also: interpreted script

This was last updated in July 2016

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