AdaIC News Winter 1996-1997

Academic Ada - Textbook and Special
CD-ROM Edition of Ada 95 Compiler Released

| The Package | For Further Information |

Addison Wesley Computer & Engineering Publishing Group and Aonix (formerly Thomson Software Products) have teamed to release a compiler/textbook package aimed at the student market and also available for any academic, experimental, or personal use without restriction — so long as the use is non-commercial. (A full commercial license is available separately from Aonix.)

The package became available through bookstores in mid-December 1996. It includes both the textbook, Ada 95, Problem Solving and Program Design, Second Edition, by Michael B. Feldman and Elliot B. Koffman, and a CD-ROM version of the compiler, a “Special Edition” of Aonix’s Ada 95 compiler ObjectAda.

Development of the compiler was sponsored by the Ada Joint Program Office (AJPO), and the combined package was used for the first time in a summer-school Computer Science class taught at the Air Force Academy. At the conclusion of the course, the students favorably evaluated the compiler and textbook as easy to use and understand, and the package is now in regular use at both the Air Force Academy and West Point.

This Special Edition of ObjectAda is available for student and academic use on PCs and workstations running Windows95 and WindowsNT. No site license is needed, and the combined package is offered at the same price as the book alone except for an additional charge of around $5 for packaging. Ø

The package

The CD-ROM includes:

Textbook: Ada 95: Problem Solving and Program Design, Second Edition, an introductory computer-science textbook for Ada 95.

Compiler: “A fast, disk-efficient” Ada 95 compiler. ObjectAda was the first validated Ada 95 compiler for Windows. Maximum 2,000 lines of code per Ada source file; maximum 20 task objects per program; maximum 35 program units per program.

Debugger: A multi-window, source-level, symbolic debugger with high-level support for Ada 95 features, including tagged types and protected types.

Library Manager: A source-based library manager that “minimizes persistent storage on disk, and eliminates traditional Ada library setup and complexity.”

On-Line Help: On-line, hypertext help and user guide, linked to the textbook and tools.

Specifications: As noted, the CD-ROM will operate on personal computers and workstations running Windows95 and WindowsNT. Disk space is about 100 megabytes; recommended memory is 12 megabytes; recommended processor is 100-MHz Pentium, but it will run on a ‘486.

ISBN: Book/CD-ROM package, ISBN 0-201-30485-6; book alone ISBN 0-201-87009-6 (softcover, 814 pages, 1996). Ø

For further information Instructors wishing to receive a complimentary examination copy of the textbook (ISBN 87009) for adoption consideration may send their request via e-mail to; within the USA, call 1-800/447-2226. Information is also available at Addison Wesley’s World Wide Web site: (under Feldman).

For additional information on the full commercial site license available through Aonix, contact 1-800-97-AONIX (972-6649). Ø

AdaIC Web Pages Redesigned

| Maximizing Access | A Wealth of Database Information |
| Graphics & Bandwidth |

The AdaIC World Wide Web pages were recently redesigned with three goals in mind: to create a more consolidated directory of information that maximizes access to the AdaIC's most frequently accessed documents, reports, and programs; to increase the visibility and use of information within the databases for AdaIC Catalog of Education and Training (CREASE), compilers, products and tools, library, projects and usage, and Internet links databases; and to reduce the size of graphics on all main and sub pages. Ø

Maximizing access

From the main page, users may go to a browsable directory of information on a particular Ada subject area either by clicking on one of the green header boxes or by selecting from the pull-down navigational window. Links are provided under each of the Ada subject areas, for users looking for quick and direct access to some of the AdaIC's most frequently accessed files and pages. Ø

A wealth of database information

The AdaIC maintains databases that track Ada education and training, products and tools, projects, compilers, publications, and other Internet resources. In order to more easily access the wealth of information in these databases, users may now execute both keyword searches and search on particular fields. Many titles, organizations, and tools are contained within scrollable lists for browsing, and search results contain links to the actual search item when available. Ø

Graphics & bandwidth

In order to speed up the load time of the AdaIC Web pages, the graphics on the main and sub pages were reduced in size. Thus, the graphics can still serve as visual navigational clues, without impeding access to the actual information.

We encourage all our users to try out the new AdaIC site and let us know what you think! Ø