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AdaCore outs latest version of GNAT Pro IDE

28 Feb 2014

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AdaCore has unveiled the next major release of its Ada development environment. According to the company, the latest GNAT Pro toolsuite incorporates more than 120 new features, many of which are based on customer suggestions. This latest GNAT Pro toolsuite includes several tools, is available on additional platforms, implements the Ada 2012 language standard by default and extends its coverage of ARM configurations.

The wide range of new or improved functionality brings Ada developers the benefits of increased flexibility, greater efficiency, and broader platform support, all within the context of AdaCore's open source technology and unrivaled support, added the firm.

GNAT Pro is available on more native and cross platforms than any other Ada development environment, and the 7.2 release adds support for Wind River's VxWorks Cert and LynuxWorks' LynxOS-178 real-time operating systems (RTOS). It also extends GNAT Pro's ARM support to now include Android, generic Linux on ARM, Bareboard ARM and Wind River's VxWorks 6 on ARM.

GNAT Pro 7.2 comes with the GPS (GNAT Programming Studio) 6.0 IDE, providing developers with more space for editing and a number of design improvements 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. It also includes a new version of GNATbench, the Eclipse plug-in. GNATbench 2.8 provides improved support for Wind River's WorkBench, a new source navigation engine and improved support for the CodePeer static analysis tool.

GNAT Pro 7.2 includes several new tools, including GNAT2XML, which generates XML files from Ada sources and helps developers write Ada analysis tools in any language. Enhancements to existing tools include a new version of GNATpp (pretty printer) with improved Ada layout, and an enhanced GPRbuild multi-purpose builder that offers greater flexibility and support of both distributed and parallel builds.

Other new features of GNAT Pro 7.2 include new warnings and improved diagnostics, code generation optimizations, support for symbolic traceback in shared libraries, and improved cross Ada/C++ exception handling.

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