An object-oriented programming language from Eiffel Software Inc., Goleta, CA (www.eiffel.com). Developed in 1985 by Bertrand Meyer, it evolved into an IDE product family for Windows, Unix, Linux, VMS, Mac OS X, as well as embedded systems. Full integration with Visual Studio .NET is available. The Eiffel compiler generates C code, which can be modified and recompiled with a C compiler. Originally offered by Interactive Software Engineering Inc., the company renamed itself Eiffel Software in 2002.