Rationale for Ada 2012: Introduction

February 13, 2013

Bernard Cole-February 13, 2013

In the just released “Rationale for Ada 2012: Introduction,” John Barnes, the British computer scientist best known for his role in developing and promoting the Ada programming language, reviews history of the evolution of the Ada programming language and provides information on the newest version: Ada 2012.

He details the most significant improvements incorporated into Ada 2012 in the areas of dynamic contracts, flexible contracts, structure and visibility control, tasking and real time enhancements, as well as improvements and corrections relating to flexibility: position of labels, pragmas, null statements, accessibility rules, access type conversion and control over storage pools.,

He also discusses the extensions to the standard library including variants on the existing container packages to handle bounded containers more efficiently and additional containers for a simple holder, multiway trees and queues.

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