BURLINGTON, Mass.--The Ada Resource Association (ARA) announced today
that Ada is the first programming language to standardize a process for
testing compilers' implementation. The standard, ISO/IEC-18009;1999,
prescribes a path of testing that a compiler must pass in order to be
verified as "conforming to standard Ada."
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Through a process of testing and validating compilers' implementations,
the Ada community has overseen the language's integrity since its
inception. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) now
recognizes that process.
Tucker Taft, president of the ARA, said that "Ada is leading the way for
other languages to protect their code from obsolescence," with the
standardized process of testing compilers. "To distinguish compilers as
implementing a language's international standard vs. a dialect is
crucial to the maintenance and portability of code, not to mention its
Veteran users of the Ada language will not notice a dramatic change
between the unofficial and official paths of testing. The ARA has
worked with other community organizations to streamline the bureaucracy,
and ISO standards use a different vocabulary. What the community has
always called the "validation" of Ada compilers is now the "conformity
assessment." In official ISO terminology, compilers are considered to
be "assessed as conforming to the Ada standard."
Ada is, in fact, an international standard itself, and has been since
1983. The newest Ada language standard is Ada95.
The Ada Compiler Assessment Authority (ACAA) manages the testing and
certification process. Randy Brukardt is the ACAA's manager and
The ARA is an organization of Ada tools and software development
vendors, including Ada Core Technologies, Aonix, Averstar, DDC-I, Green
Hills Software, OC Systems, and Rational Software (Nasdaq: RATL).
Together the companies represent over ninety percent of the Ada tools
The ARA's mission is to encourage managers to "Choose Ada, The Most
Trusted Name in Software(TM)." According to Taft, "The cornerstone to
defending that trust is the ARA's commitment to uphold the Ada
standard. The new ISO standard for testing Ada compilers makes our
commitment truly concrete."
In the January/February 2000 IEEE Journal, an article appeared, "An ISO
Standard Guards the Ada Hen House," which describes the testing process
and its history. To read the article, please see
A full list of ARA certified compilers can be found at
For more information on the Ada programming language, development
tools, and community, please see:
For more information on the ARA and its members, please visit the ARA
Web site at
Still have questions? Please email them to Ann
Brandon at email@example.com or
Randy Brukardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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