AdaIC News Fall 1996
Validating Your Ada Code
One of the recent advances is WebAda. When your
Web browser accesses the AdaIC site, just click on "Compilers"
and go down to the WebAda link.
WebAda lets you find out how well you've learned Ada -- checking your code to see
whether it compiles, and showing any errors. Right now, WebAda
functions as a syntax checker, "validating" whether your code will
compile. Soon, it will run your programs so you can see the results
of executing your code. On each page, you'll find links to other Web
resources -- such as the Ada 95 Language Reference Manual and the
Quality and Style guide. Additionally, work is underway to make WebAda a tools showcase. You
will be able to configure it to use a number of products available on
Vendors Expressing Interest
Several vendors of Ada products have expressed interest in providing
their tools for you to try out with WebAda. As WebAda is enhanced,
tools will be integrated with it. The first to become configurable
was David Wheeler's Lovelace Ada 95 tutorial.
The near-term plan for WebAda is to integrate AppletMagic from
Intermetrics and an Interface Description Language (IDL)-to-Ada
utility from Objective Interface Systems (OIS). WebAda integration
software with "how-to" instructions is also in the works. This will
give vendors an opportunity to reach a growing audience and at the
same time promote the use of Ada 95.
Doug Smith, WebAda's developer, said, "WebAda works well for both Ada
developers and Ada tool vendors. Usually, to reduce the risk of
purchasing tools, vendors distribute and developers install evaluation
copies. WebAda can be the evaluation mechanism for many of the tools
currently on the market." Ø
Comments on WebAda can be sent to Doug Smith at email@example.com.
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