AdaCore Shines Spotlight on Ada for Broad Range of Leading-Edge Applications

NEW YORK, NY, USA - AdaCore today introduced Ada Answers, a web portal aimed at providing managers and software developers with a comprehensive knowledge base about Ada, the programming language most often used to implement high-integrity, safety-critical and real-time systems.

The Ada Answers web portal is dedicated to keeping developers and project managers informed about Ada and its forthcoming Ada 2005 revision, showcasing the strengths and benefits of this extremely powerful programming language. The site includes examples of companies and organizations that are successfully using Ada, highlighting some of these companies in a growing collection of video interviews. Also on video is a series of university lectures and conference presentations given by some of the foremost experts on the language, as well as an up-to-date list of Ada materials, resources and web links.

“As the need for robust and reliable software systems rapidly expands, Ada continues to prove itself an excellent answer for many of today's largest and most complex programming challenges,” said AdaCore president Robert Dewar. “Ada Answers helps explain Ada’s distinct qualities and technical features and how they can translate into bottom-line business benefits.”

More than any other language, Ada was specifically designed to address issues of testing, quality assurance, functionality upgrades, platform portability, multi-language support, and similar "back end" activities. Its consistent software engineering principles make Ada, the world’s first object-oriented programming language, intuitive and easy to learn. Its expressive features and strong checking make Ada a "think first, code later" discipline that translates into fewer bugs and higher productivity.

“Ada has always been an attractive choice where reliability has been the overriding requirement,” says Dewar. “Historically this has been in the defense and aerospace industry, but Ada is also increasingly used commercially in fields like avionics, power plants, transportation systems, communications, medical instruments, and finance. Ada includes numerous built-in features specifically optimized for financial data.”

AdaCore will showcase videos from Ada Answers at SSTC, Booth 431. The companies and applications to be highlighted include:

  • JEOL – Nuclear magnetic resonance for analysis of molecular structures
  • New Trade Research – Automated securities trading systems
  • Philips Semiconductor (ITEC Division) – Equipment used in the assembly of discrete semiconductors
  • Vienna University, Austria – Astrophysics applications involving massively parallel computing

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial, open-source software solutions for Ada, a modern programming language designed for large, long-lived applications where reliability, efficiency and safety are absolutely critical. AdaCore's flagship product is GNAT Pro, the commercial-grade open-source Ada development environment, which comes with expert online support and is available on more platforms than any other Ada technology. AdaCore has customers customers worldwide; see our customers page for more information.

Use of Ada and GNAT Pro continues to grow in high-integrity and safety-critical applications, including commercial and defense aircraft avionics, air traffic control, railroad systems, financial services and medical devices. AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.

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