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"Brashear, Phil" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 19 May 1999 06:55:03 -0400
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        Samuel (Mize) said:

        " If the engineering processes and testing strategies are strong
enough to
> provide confidence in the face of typos, mental bobbles and occasional
> bad decisions, they are certainly strong enough to provide confidence
> while using a less-than-validated compiler.  Indeed, any weapon system
> developed with C or Jovial must have been able to do so."
        Actually, JOVIAL (J73) compilers were validated by the Language
        Facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  There was a very
specific Air
        Force requirement that only validated JOVIAL compilers were to be
        As a matter of fact, the JOVIAL Compiler Validation System (JCVS)
        exists, and my organization will test JOVIAL compilers if anyone

        To a lesser extent, C compilers were validated by the National
        of Standards and Technology until a year or so ago.  Such vendors as
        DEC and IBM (primarily those doing business with the Government)
        had validated C compilers.  Again, my organization offers validation
        services for C compilers (as well as C++ compilers) if anyone is

Phil Brashear
EDS Conformance Testing Center
4646 Needmore Road, Bin 46
P.O. Box 24593
Dayton, OH  45424-0593
(937) 237-4510
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