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The AdaIC News Fall 1996

In This Edition:

Improving Ada Portability Trade Association Moves Towards Common Set of Interfaces

Letter from the AJPO: The End of an Era?

WebAda -- Try Out Ada 95 Code and Tools on the Web

Ada, Java, & Reuse, Too -- A Natural Match

ATIP-P Supports Ada Java Compiler

New DoD 5000.2-R Reaffirms Ada Adds Reporting Requirements for Major Information Systems

The ASEET Team -- Ada's Foot Soldiers - A Decade of Service to the Ada Community, and still counting!

AJPO Assists Service Academies Moving Up to Ada 95

ATIP-P Makes Awards to Spur Development of Commercial Ada 95 Products

National Science Foundation Sponsors Its First Ada Workshops

SMART Initiative -- Reuse Trade Association Forming

The STARS Web Site: A Goldmine for Both Ada and Reuse

Product-Line Software Reuse from an Automotive Perspective by Fred Maymir-Ducharme, PhD

CECOM Issues Reusable Software Catalog

STRIC: A Full-Scale Proof of Reuse and Portability

AJPO Mentors, Assistance Smooth the Path for DoD Projects Moving Up to Ada 95

New Source for Hardcopy Ada 95 Reference Manual



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Improving Ada Portability Trade Association Moves Towards Common Set of Interfaces

| Standardizing Ada usage in external services | | Initial output | Coordinating with vendors |

One obstacle to portability of Ada programs among the widest possible range of platforms is that there is no commonly accepted set of standards or products for interfacing to resources controlled by other standards. Interfacing to other languages (such as C++) is usually handled by pragmas unique to each compiler vendor. Also, developers wishing to access a given standard -- such as X-Windows/Motif or the Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) -- may have competing Ada bindings available. Ø

Standardizing how Ada is used with external services

On July 16, the Ada Resource Association (ARA), the professional trade association, announced it had begun a program to provide a set of standards establishing how Ada is used and implemented with external services.

The Association has formed the Ada Common Environment (ACE) project, which will coordinate with Ada compiler and tool vendors to ensure that all Ada implementations compatibly support popular external interfaces. The ARA will build on Ada 95 -- and its facilities for integrating multi-language software systems -- with the goal of making Ada the most portable language in software development.

The program will focus on customer needs and enable third-party vendors to build more powerful tools and supplemental systems with the assurance that all Ada systems can support them. A common set of standards will benefit Ada software products by increasing the range of platforms to which

applications can be ported. The advantage to application developers will be greater portability for their code from compiler to compiler and target to target.

ACE expects to address a wide array of technical issues; however, the initial focus will be on identifying connections to the most popular external standards. Among the first to be studied will be Microsoft Windows (Win32), the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), X-Windows/Motif, C++, and POSIX. Ø

Initial output

ACE's technical output will be documentation for application developers and compiler vendors, enabling them to move immediately into production of compatible products. The first documentation is expected on Sept. 30, 1996. Where technical issues warrant, the ARA may provide free software to implement standards and help third-party vendors write portable Ada interfaces to their products. Ø

Coordinating with vendors

The Ada Common Environment is comprised of technical representatives from each of the ARA member companies -- responsible for selling 95% of all Ada compilers and tools. The companies are: Ada Core Technologies, Inc.; DDC-I, Inc.; Intermetrics, Inc.; OC Systems; Rational Software Corp.; Thomson Software Products; and Texas Instruments/Tartan, Inc.

Invitations are being extended to companies in the worldwide Ada community who are not ARA members. For more information, contact the AdaIC at 1-800/232-4211. Ø


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