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    Ada GNAT GPL 2009 released

    30th May 2009

    We are pleased to announce the release of GNAT GPL 2009, the Ada Toolset for Academic users and FLOSS developers. It introduces many new features including:

    - Ability to generate byte code for the JVM

    - Improved support for the .NET Framework

    - Addition of the Ada-Java Interfacing Suite (AJIS) that enables native Ada code to be called from Java:
    http://www.adacore.com/2008/06/17/ada-java_interfacing_suite

    - Availability on the Mac OS X (64 bit) platform

    - Automatic C/C++ binding generators

    - Addition of the GNAT Component Collection (GNATcoll) providing new APIs that can be extended by the user community:
    http://www.adacore.com/2008/06/17/gnat_component_collection

    GNAT GPL 2009 comes with version 4.3.1 of the GNAT Programming Studio IDE and GNATbench 2.3, the GNAT plug-in for Eclipse.

    It is available for the GNU Linux, Mac OS X (64 bit), .NET, JVM and Windows platforms.

    GNAT GPL 2009 can be downloaded from the “Download” section on the new Libre website:
    https://libre.adacore.com.

    I wonder if the new JVM bytecode generation feature was frequently requested by Ada developers, or is just a move towards popularizing Ada as a highly capable programming language. Either way, it’s good.

    Hopefully, I will find time and a matching project to finally learn Ada properly – since a couple of years I believe Ada is a very good programming language. And the D language is better than C and C++ :) (holy war, anyone? :) )

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    GNAT GPL 2008 is now available

    12th June 2008

    We are pleased to announce the release of GNAT GPL 2008, the Ada Toolset for Academic users and FLOSS developers.

    It introduces hundreds of enhancements including:

    • Availability on the Windows .NET platform
    • Upgrade of the debugging engine
    • Improvement in robustness and efficiency for Ada 2005 features
    • Many new warnings & restrictions to help programmers detect errors earlier
    • Companion tools such as gprof, gcov, gnatcheck, gnatpp and gnatmetric are being enhanced to support a wider variety of needs, coding styles, and coding standards
    • Support for Pre/Post conditions

    GNAT GPL 2008 comes with version 4.2.1 of the GNAT Programming Studio IDE and GNATbench 2.1, the GNAT plug-in for Eclipse.

    It is available on the GNU Linux (32 and 64 bit), .NET, and Windows platforms.

    GNAT GPL 2008 can be downloaded from the “Download GNAT GPL Edition” section on https://libre.adacore.com/

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    The launch of the Ada Gems series

    15th May 2007

    Today in mail:

    AdaCore is pleased to announce the launch of the new Ada Gems series. The Gems will cover a wide-range of Ada programming topics and will often include executable source code and other related resources to help understand and discover the Ada programming language. The first Gem, written by Bob Duff entitled “Limited Aggregates in Ada 2005”, is available at:

    adacore.com/category/developers-center/gems

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    Ada: Type System

    15th March 2007

    If you didn’t read the Ada programming book I earlier recommended, then here’s the excerpt on Ada type system.

    Note: the excerpt is taken from this chapter, with copyrights belonging to respective authors.

    Here is the Ada types hierarchy (click for larger image):
    Ada types tree

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    Ada Programming book at Wikipedia

    10th March 2007

    About a month ago I found this good Ada Programming book at Wikipedia Books.

    I already have some (minor) knowledge in Ada, and read some books/tutorials. I had only started reading the above-mentioned book, but from the very “Basics” I liked the narration and details provided (e.g., I do not recollect encountering the renaming of packages as a short-cut used instead of ‘use’ing packages).

    If the book continues in at least the same style, depth and examples enrichment, then I can recommend this book for those who want to study/refresh the Ada Programming knowledge and skills.

    It is from this book that I learned that GNAT “is the only Ada compiler that supports all of the optional annexes of the language standard”.

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