Eiffel Software announced today the release of EiffelStudio 6.5, the latest version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Every piece of EiffelStudio, the company's flagship product, is developed using EiffelStudio itself. "What a pleasure it is to use the power of our own tools to improve the quality of our tools," said Emmanuel Stapf, senior software developer with Eiffel Software.
This new release marks the availability of EiffelStudio on Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10. A partial list of platforms includes:
- Windows Classic, .NET, and 64-bits
- Linux x86 and 64-bit
- FreeBSD and 64-bit
- Solaris 10 on Sparc, Sparc-64, x86 and x86-64
- Embedded platforms
EiffelStudio is based on the Eiffel programming language. Its core concepts include Design by Contract, multiple inheritance, genericity, conversions and agents that allow developers to write high quality applications that are easy to maintain. The most recent addition, further strengthened and developed in 6.5, is void safety, removing the specter of "null pointer dereferencing," a source of lethal run-time crashes that threatens the execution of programs.
A full-feature evaluation edition is available from the Eiffel Software web site.