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6 Invaluable Free Ada Books - Part 2

6 Invaluable Free Ada Books - Part 2

4. Ada 95 Rationale: The Language - The Standard Libraries

Ada 95 Rationale: The Language - The Standard Libraries
Author John Barnes
Format Hypertext, ASCII, Postscript
Pages 466

Ada 95 Rationale: The Language - The Standard Libraries describes the rationale for Ada 95, the revised International Standard. It introduces Ada 95 and its powerful new mechanisms, and explains the rationale behind them.

The first part is an Introduction to Ada 95; it presents a general discussion of the scope and objectives of Ada 95 and its major technical features. The second part contains a more detailed chapter by chapter account of the Core language. The third part covers the various Annexes which address the predefined environment and the needs of specialized application areas.

Chapters explore:


  • Evolution of Ada 95
  • Highlights of Ada 95 - highlights the major new features of Ada 95 and the consequential benefits as seen by the general Ada user
  • Overview of the Ada Language - explores objects, types, classes and operations, statements, expressions and elaboration, system construction, multitasking, exception handling, low level programming, standard library, and application specific facilities

The Core Language

  • Introduction
  • Lexical Elements - reserved words and identifiers, program text, pragmas, and requirements summary
  • Types and Expressions - types, classes, objects, and views, character types, numeric types, composite types, array types, record types, access types, type conversion, staticness, and more
  • Object Oriented Programming - describes the various ways in which object oriented programming is achieved in Ada 95
  • Statements
  • Subprograms - covers other relatively minor improvements to subprograms
  • Packages - a number of important changes to the language are addressed in this chapter
  • Visibility Rules - visibility and scope rules are rewritten to make them consistent and clearer, the use type clause is introduced for operators, renaming is now allowed for subprogram bodies, generic units and library units, and a number of minor improvements
  • Tasking - protected types, the Requeue statement, timing and more
  • Program Structure and Compilation Issues - provides more examples of important changes in the overall structural area of the language, and discusses other topics of a structural nature
  • Exceptions
  • Generics
  • Representation Issues

The Annexes

  • A Predefined Language Environment
  • Interface to Other Languages
  • Systems Programming
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Distributed Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Numerics
  • Safety and Security

5. Ada 95 Reference Manual: Language and Standard Libraries

Ada 95 Reference Manual: Language and Standard Libraries
Author S. Tucker Taft, Robert A. Duff
Format HTML
Pages 533

This Ada 95 Reference Manual is essentially identical to the new International Standard ISO/IEC 8652:1995(E) for the Ada programming language.

The thorough technical revisions and extensions documented in this manual are built on broad participation from the international Ada community and generous support by leading institutions. Over 750 submitted revision requests were evaluated, and the resulting enhancements make Ada 95 an outstanding language. The flexibility of languages such as C++, modern features such as object orientation, and improved interfacing capabilities have been added to the reliable software engineering capabilities provided and proven for over a decade by the predecessor version Ada 83; furthermore, upward compatibility from Ada 83 to Ada 95 has been achieved.

Chapters cover:

Core Language

  • General
  • Lexical Elements
  • Declarations and Types
  • Names and Expressions
  • Statements
  • Subprograms
  • Packages
  • Visibility Rules
  • Tasks and Synchronization
  • Program Structure and Compilation Issues
  • Exceptions
  • Generic Units
  • Representation Issues


  • Predefined Language Environment
  • Interface to Other Languages
  • Systems Programming
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Distributed Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Numerics
  • Safety and Security
  • Obsolescent Features
  • Language-Defined Attributes
  • Language-Defined Pragmas
  • Implementation-Defined Characteristics
  • Glossary
  • Syntax Summary

6. The Big Online Book of Linux Ada Programming

And so Forth

Author Ken O. Burtch
Format HTML
Pages -

The Big Online Book of Linux Ada Programming introduces ADAD programming in Linux using GNAT, the GNU Ada compiler.

The book covers basic software development on Linux, a review of the core Ada 95 language, integrated development environments, and an introduction to designing programs that work with the Linux kernel and standard C libraries. It also covers some of the Ada bindings that exist for packages.

The document is designed to be used as a reference book, with many tables and examples covering common Linux programming problems. It helps the reader build large projects, and get to grips with development utilities, and explore ways to optimize and debug projects.

The book also covers advanced Ada programming.

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