DATELINE: July 22, 1994

On June 21, 1994 Rational Software Corporation announced a visual software-engineering tool for Ada development that complements its family of Rational Rose object-oriented analysis and design software. The new tool, called Rational Rose/Ada, improves the productivity of developers through support for object-oriented analysis, design, and implementation. In addition, Rational Rose/Ada enables developers to reverse engineer existing Ada code into module diagrams.

"The ability to reverse engineer Ada source code into a graphical depiction of a system's structure is very powerful," explained Marc Goldberg, marketing manager for the Rational Rose product line at Rational. "Rational Rose/Ada provides developers with a visual representation of their Ada code, thus making it easier to understand. As a result, it is easier to modify the software architecture and to restructure it into more reusable components. With Rational Rose/Ada, the architecture becomes more resilient in the face of changing requirements.


Rational Rose/Ada is available in a client/server configuration that consists of two parts: Rational Rose as the client and Rational Apex with the reverse-engineering capability as the server. The Rational Rose client runs on Sun SPARC workstations. The reverse-engineering part runs on Rational Apex, which is available for Sun SPARC or IBM RS/6000 workstations. Rational Rose/Ada is available immediately for $5,295 (U.S.).

[Source: Rational Software Corporation News Release. "Rational Announces Reverse-Engineering and Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Tool for Ada Development." For more information, contact: Kara Myers, (408) 496-3891 or karam@rational.com]


DATELINE: July 22, 1994

On July 5, 1994, Rational Software Corporation announced that it is donating its VADS native compilers for Silicon Graphics, Inc., systems to universities as part of its SEED (Software Engineering for Educational Development) program. Rational initiated the SEED program in September 1993 to provide free software to accredited educational institutions. The program offers state-of-the-art software technology for training future software-engineering professionals. This new offering is an extension to the SEED program, which already features Rational Apex, an integrated software-engineering environment for Ada, and the VADS compilers for other popular platforms.

Rational's SEED program is open to all accredited, degree-granting educational institutions, including U.S. service academies. Universities interested in participating in Rational's SEED program should contact the program coordinator at (408) 496-3857 or send email to seed@rational.com.

[Source: Rational Software Corporation News Release. "Rational Extends educational Donation program to Include Ada Compilers for Silicon Graphics Systems." For more information, contact: Kara Myers, (408) 496-3891 or karam@rational.com]


DATELINE: July 22, 1994

Motorola Semiconductor Products sector has chosen VADS as the Ada development system it will make available to run on the Motorola PowerPC family.

Rational will provide an Ada software environment that will include team programming and parallel development, multilanguage configuration management, cross-target development, and version control and baselining.

"The Ada language is a key ingredient to the success of the PowerPC family in the military and aerospace markets," says Don Walker, vice president and director of Motorola's commercial Plus Technologies Operation.

[Source: "Motorola Selects VADS for PowerPC Family." The Rational Watch. Spring 1994, Vol. 4, No.1.]


DATELINE: July 22, 1994

One good indicator of the level of interest in Ada is the amount of activity involving publicly available libraries of Ada code and information. According to the Public Ada Library (PAL), interest in Ada has been "healthy" throughout the world.

Richard Conn, a volunteer manager of the PAL, has recently cited positive statistics for the month of May 1994:

This kind of usage and interest in Ada, when combined with the recent editorials and articles in major publications, are strong indicators of an emerging market opportunity which is outside the "traditional" government/military image commonly associated with Ada.

[Source: Crafts, Ralph E. "Interest and Activity in PAL shows Healthy Interest in Ada," Ada Strategies. Vol. 8, No. 6, June 1994.]


DATELINE: July 22, 1994

By now you might have seen one or two of the Ada Promotional Campaign advertisements that appeared in several publications in June. The ads have been well-received in the Ada community, as indicated by several telephone calls from different segments of the community - industry, academia and government.

The ads are to run in Embedded Systems Magazine and have already run in Software Magazine, Application Development Trends and Computerworld.

Also look out for advertising for the TRI-Ada Conference in a variety of commercial and government-oriented publications. This is the first time since the event started in 1988 that TRI-Ada has been advertised which is important since it is the single largest Ada-related event of the year. In conjunction with the ad campaign and the various promotional activities of the DoD and SIGAda, this year's TRI-Ada should attract interest from a number of new market domains.

All of the ads in the Ada Promotional Campaign include a reference to, and telephone numbers for, TRI-Ada '94. In addition, the conference is being advertised on its own in publications such as Computerworld and Government Computer News (GCN).

[Source: Crafts, Ralph E. "Ada Promotional Campaign Ads get Good Marks from Ada Community; TRI-Ada Ads Appear," Ada Strategies. Vol. 8, No. 6, June 1994.]


DATELINE: July 22, 1994

The Army's Sustaining Base Information Services program has signed up to be the first major user of Ada 9X. Emmett Paige Jr., assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence, announced the agreement between SBIS program officials and the Ada Joint Program Office. Paige emphasized that the 9X implementation has the full support of the SBIS program team.

The SBIS program team decided that before making widespread use of the latest version of DOD's home-grown programming language it was important to run a small-scale test of some of the new features, such as object-oriented programming, hierarchical libraries and decimal arithmetic. After the prototype effort, the SBIS team will determine which of its application development projects will use the Ada 9X environment. According to Don Reifer, AJPO Director, SBIS will build the application modules in Ada regardless of the results of the 9X tests. It is a question of whether the program will use 9X or its predecessor, Ada 83, he said.

"I hope to see many more projects signing up to the use of Ada 9X in the very near future," Paige said at the recent Washington Ada Symposium. Reifer said his office is working on agreements for other programs, including the Common Application Support System, a subprogram of DOD's planned Global Command and Control System; the Navy's effort to convert its location system, SQS-53 Sonar, from C++ to Ada; and the Joint Avionics Support Technology program to develop software for a joint services attack fighter aircraft.

[Source: Endoso, Joyce. "Army's SBIS program will be an Ada 9X pioneer," Government Computer News. Vol. 13, No. 4, July 11, 1994.]


DATELINE: July 22, 1994

Just in case you didn't know . . . The new highly computerized and automated Boeing 777 commercial plane is chock full of software programmed in Ada. Yes, that's right, Ada is being used for a majority of the software for the plane. The aircraft software is comprised of more than 3 million source lines of code (SLOC). This code includes the non-flight functions, which use "massive amounts of UNIX, Windows and networking software" for things like the aircraft cabin interphone, lighting and passenger entertainment. Even with all of the COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) code, Ada accounts for about 61% of the total SLOC in the 777. It also accounts for flight controls, engine monitoring and control, etc.

For a complete overview of Boeing's past, present and future relations with Ada, see Ralph E. Craft's article in Ada Strategies, "Ada on the Boeing 777 Airplane - A Long-term Commitment and Success."

[Source: Crafts, Ralph E. "Ada on the Boeing 777 Airplane," Ada Strategies. June 1994. Vol. 8, No. 6.]