AdaIC News Summer 1997

What’s New on the Web site?

The Ada Information Clearinghouse (AdaIC) World Wide Web site is continually being updated. The “What’s New” link is on the AdaIC opening page ( are a few highlights of things added since the last issue of this newsletter:

“Why Use Ada?”

A slide presentation with accompanying script, by Dr. Charles Engle, former Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office (AJPO); an excellent overview examining policy issues, applications, and technical and business arguments for using Ada.

Compilers & Validation

Transfer of Ada validation back to AJPO
Memorandum from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announcing transfer of oversight of the Ada compiler validation program back to the Ada Joint Program Office (AJPO); and announcing an extension for the use of version 2.0.1 of the Ada Compiler Validation Capability (ACVC) test suite.

Ada Compiler Validation Procedures, Version 5.0 DRAFT
An overview of the Ada compiler validation process, updated for use with ACVC 2.1 (draft version).

ACVC Test Suite, Version 2.1 Beta
The current version of the ACVC test suite for Ada 95 compiler validation and the User's Guide.

WebAda – Version 1.1
An update to WebAda, the web-based Ada 95 program development environment using the GNAT compiler.

A free, simple, integrated editor/compiler environment for Ada 95 program development using the GNAT Ada compiler. AdaIDE is a multi-document interface (MDI) style program based on the Microsoft example in Visual BASIC.

ADEPT: Advanced Distributed Engineering and Programming Toolset
A set of tools for configuring and building distributed Ada programs that are consistent with Ada 95’s Distributed Systems Annex (Annex E) and designed for use with the freely available GNU Ada 95 Translator (GNAT) compiler. (For more on this, see “ADEPT – Building Distributed Systems in Ada 95 and Java”).

Products & Tools

Ada Tools & Loaner Program
A resource library of software tools established to promote the development and use of Ada.

Standards & Guidelines

WinHelp version of the Ada 95 Reference Manual
A complete implementation of the printed copy of the Reference Manual in Windows WinHelp format with extensive hyperlinking and indexing.

News & Events

AdaIC Jobs Page
A searchable electronic bulletin board listing recent Ada job openings posted by employers.

Policy & History Ada & Beyond: Software Policies for the Department of Defense
A report from the National Research Council (NRC) outlining recommendations for the future use of the Ada programming language in the DOD. An accompanying NRC briefing is also available.

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