The Internet Communications Engine (Ice) is a modern object-oriented toolkit that enables you to build distributed applications with minimal effort. Ice allows you to focus your efforts on your application logic, and it takes care of all interactions with low-level network programming interfaces. With Ice, there is no need to worry about details such as opening network connections, serializing and deserializing data for network transmission, or retrying failed connection attempts.
The main design goals of Ice are:
In simpler terms, the Ice design goals could be stated as "Let's build a powerful middleware platform that makes the developer's life easier."
The acronym "Ice" is pronounced as a single syllable, like the word for frozen water.
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