New Release of GNATbench for Wind River Workbench

New Release of GNATbench for Wind River Workbench Extends AdaCore’s Eclipse Technology – Ada plug-in supports latest Wind River Workbench version

NEW YORK, PARIS and FRAMINGHAM, Mass., September 17, 2009 – Wind River Aerospace and Defense Regional Conference – AdaCore, a leading supplier of Ada development tools and support services, today announced a new release of its Ada Integrated Development Environment (IDE) plug-in, GNATbench 2.3.1. This new release supports Workbench 3.1 and VxWorks 6.7, the latest versions of Wind River’s Eclipse-based IDE and real-time operating system, offering real-time/embedded systems developers a sophisticated Ada programming environment tightly integrated into the Wind River Workbench development suite. It also supports Workbench 3.0 and VxWorks 6.6, allowing projects that have chosen those versions to upgrade to GNATbench 2.3.1 and take advantage of its new features.

The GNATbench plug-in provides editing, browsing, and building features for Ada development (including Ada 2005) using AdaCore’s GNAT Pro toolset on the Eclipse platform. The builder produces executables for native systems and embedded processors (in the context of Wind River Workbench), and likewise the debugger supports both native and embedded system debugging.

GNATbench 2.3.1 has introduced a variety of enhancements that help Ada software development run more smoothly. Creating new Workbench projects for Ada is now much simpler and more robust; there is no need to duplicate the use of new-project wizards in both Workbench and GNATbench. Error handling in the Import Wizard is friendlier, since GNATbench parses an imported project file for errors before attempting the import. The sharing of projects among multiple developers using distinct Workbench (Eclipse) workspaces is simplified, since the values of a project’s scenario variables (when changed from their defaults) are now stored in workspace-persistent variables. And as an open source project, the code of the implementation has been reorganized so that users wishing to extend the implementation can clearly identify which parts may be relied upon to remain stable in the future.

“AdaCore is pleased to be able to support the latest versions of Workbench and VxWorks in our new release of GNATbench,” said Dr. Patrick Rogers, GNATbench Project Lead. “Ada is a key language for developers of real-time embedded systems using Workbench on Wind River platforms, and GNATbench provides Ada programmers with an intuitive and productive extension to Workbench. We look forward to continuing GNATbench enhancements in the future.”

“GNATbench’s support for our latest version of Workbench will be a great benefit to our Ada customers,” said Mr. Rob Hoffman, Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace and Defense at Wind River. “We like our corporate partners to stay in sync with our product releases, and we appreciate AdaCore’s consistent history of supporting new Wind River products and version releases as soon as they become available.”

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial software solutions for Ada, a state-of-the-art programming language designed for large, long-lived applications where safety, security, and reliability are critical. AdaCore’s flagship product is the GNAT Pro development environment, which comes with expert on-line support and is available on more platforms than any other Ada technology. AdaCore has an extensive world-wide customer base; see for further information.

Ada and GNAT Pro see a growing usage in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including commercial aircraft avionics, military systems, air traffic management/control, railroad systems, and medical devices, and in security-sensitive domains such as financial services. The SPARK Pro toolset, available from AdaCore, is especially useful in such contexts.

AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.

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