NASA’s 10 Coding Rules for Writing Safety Critical Program

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The large and complex software projects use some sort of coding standards and guidelines. These guidelines establish the ground rules that are to be followed while writing software.

a) How the code should be structured?

b) Which language feature should or should not be used?

In order to be effective, the set of rules has to be small and must be specific enough that it can be easily understood and remembered.

The world’s top programmers working for NASA follow a set of guidelines for developing safety critical code. In fact, many organizations, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) focus on code written in C programming language.

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