Accession Number : ADA182445

Title :   The Definition of Production Quality Ada(trade name) Compiler.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA

Personal Author(s) : Hogan,Michael O ; Hauser,Elaine P ; Minichiello,Suzanne M

PDF Url : ADA182445

Report Date : 20 Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : This study was conducted to develop a quantifiable definition of the term production quality as applied to Ada compilers. This report specifies minimal and desirable requirements for the important characteristics of an Ada compiler that are beyond those required for validation, including performance, capacity, user-friendliness, reliability, documentation, and certain language features left to the discretion of the compiler builder. The requirements given in this report are applied to the complete compiler system, which includes the compiler, the Ada library manager, linker/loader, and Ada run-time system. Certain requirements given are minimal criteria that all compilers must meet to be considered production quality, while other requirements give criteria for highly desirable features that the ideal production quality Ada compiler should have but which fall into a gray area when quantifying them. No method is given for how these additional criteria should be ranked in importance to rate a compiler, but by implication the closer a compiler meets each requirement, the better it is.

Descriptors :   *COMPILERS, *QUALITY ASSURANCE, LIBRARIES, SUPERVISORS, RELIABILITY, VALIDATION, PRODUCTION, QUALITY, TIME, REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFICATIONS

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE