In June 2005 the Ecma General Assembly approved ECMA-367, the first
standard for the Eiffel programming language.
- Eiffel is a method of software construction and a
language for use in the analysis, design, implementation and
maintenance of software systems. The ECMA-367 standard covers the
language, with an emphasis on implementational aspects.
Originally designed by Eiffel Software under the leadership of
Object Technology pioneer Bertrand Meyer, the Eiffel language is used
worldwide by major corporations in mission-critical applications in
finance, defence, 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.
Long-term value - Eiffel standardisation brings to the Eiffel
community a guarantee of total, line-by-line compatibility between
different implementations and of long-term value of their investment.
Through its award-winning product EiffelStudio - a complete
development environment covering the entire software lifecycle and
the leading Eiffel implementation - Eiffel Software is committed to
fully supporting the Ecma Eiffel standard.
The Eiffel standard is available, free for copying and
distribution, from Ecma and Eiffel Software's websites. It has
recently been submitted for ISO approval as part of Ecma's fast-track
"Ecma has provided an outstanding environment for developing the
Eiffel standard," said Emmanuel Stapf, head of the compiler division
at Eiffel Software. "The committee members are all busy software
professionals immersed in large, mission-critical projects and with
little patience for bureaucracy. The Ecma process is business
oriented and friendly, with a minimum of overhead - exactly what we
needed in order to produce an innovative and carefully worked out
standard in little time."
"The Eiffel standard is an exciting example of successful
harmonisation," said Jan van den Beld, Secretary-General of Ecma. "It
is a large intellectual achievement to develop one international
standard for a language such as Eiffel, which was conceived in 1985
and has evolved ever since. Congratulations!"
About Ecma International
Since its inception in 1961, Ecma International (Ecma) has
developed standards for Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) and Consumer Electronics (CE). Ecma is a non-profit industry
association of technology developers, vendors and users. Experts from
industry and other organizations work together at Ecma to develop
standards. Ecma submits its work for approval as ISO, IEC, ISO/IEC
and ETSI standards and is the inventor and main practitioner of "fast
tracking" of specifications through the standardisation process in
International Standards Organisations (ISOs) such as the ISO and the
IEC. Publications can be downloaded free of charge from
About Eiffel Software
Eiffel Software was founded in 1985 with the mission of developing
compilers and tools based on the power of pure object-oriented
concepts to improve programmers' productivity, lifecycle efficiency
and the quality of the resulting applications. For twenty years,
Eiffel Software has delivered to its customers the most
cost-effective and advanced development tools on a large variety of
platforms. Exploiting the power of the language and tools of the
environment, i.e. EiffelStudio and EiffelEnvision, Eiffel users
continuously demonstrate that they can produce between two and ten
times as much software in a given amount of time as can be achieved
using other IDEs and tool sets. Eiffel has thus gained prominence in
challenging enterprise environments in the financial, insurance,
manufacturing, and government sectors as well as among independent
development teams. http://www.eiffel.com/
ots Originaltext: Ecma International
Jan W. van den Beld