AdaCore has released version 6.0 of GNAT Programming Studio graphical Integrated Development Environment (IDE), a major upgrade with a significantly revised and cleaner user interface that eases program navigation and editing. Developers now have more space for editing and a number of design changes that bring program-related information within easy reach. The revised look and feel is supported by a new relational database at the heart of the GPS engine, making code navigation much more efficient.
The improvements to the IDE’s look and feel exploit the latest Gtk+/GtkAda graphical toolkit and encompass a reorganized interface (including more economic usage of screen space), a global search facility, additional view capabilities and further support for color tailoring. GPS 6.0 also brings improved performance and new functionality, including language support for SPARK 2014, syntax highlighting and tool tips for Ada 2012 and SPARK 2014 aspects, editor enhancements, and a number of additions to the scripting API. The GPS 6.0 enhancements have received an enthusiastic response from the product's beta sites.
GPS’s extensive source-code navigation and analysis tools can generate a broad range of useful information, including call graphs, source dependencies, project organization, and complexity metrics. It also supports configuration management through an interface to third-party Version Control Systems, and is available on a variety of platforms. GPS is highly extensible; a simple scripting approach enables additional tool integration. It is also customizable, allowing programmers to specialize various aspects of the program’s appearance in the editor for a user-specified look and feel.
GPS is provided with the GNAT Pro development toolset on most platforms, for both native and embedded software development, and GPS 6.0 is available to GNAT Pro customers for download through GNAT Tracker.