An ISO Standard for Eiffel

Eiffel Software announced today that the Eiffel language definition became a standard of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

The Eiffel language, originally designed by Eiffel Software under the leadership of Object Technology pioneer Bertrand Meyer, and available today through implementations by Eiffel Software and several other providers, is used worldwide by major corporations in mission-critical applications in finance, defense, aerospace, health care and many other fields. Eiffel is the language of choice for companies who need the best in programmer productivity and reliability of the resulting software.

The ISO standard is the culmination of the Eiffel standard process started five years ago within ECMA International. The first major result of that effort was the initial ECMA standard, published in June 2005. Now Eiffel has a standard with the best possible imprint: ISO. Eiffel joins a select group of programming languages that enjoy this imprint, from Fortran and Cobol to C, C++ and C# — but not, for example, Java.

“An ISO standard reinforces Eiffel users in their choice by guaranteeing that Eiffel has passed the ultimate test of stability and durability, and that compilers and tools will continue to thrive for decades” said Larry Miller, Director of Business Development at Eiffel Software. “It also makes Eiffel appealing to whole new categories of potential users as many companies prefer technologies that are backed by an international standard.”

The Eiffel standard is available from the ISO website at:

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