Aonix to Create Eclipse-based Ada Development Toolkit

Aonix(R), a provider of solutions for safety- and mission-critical applications, announced that it is leading a new Eclipse-based initiative to create an Ada Development Toolkit (ADT) project and will collaborate with the Eclipse Foundation(TM) toward that end. With this new initiative, Aonix is offering its Eclipse(TM) plug-in technology to the open-source community and has proposed to the Eclipse Foundation that its AonixADT technology be used in the ADT project as the core baseline technology. Opening AonixADT to the user community through an authorized Eclipse project will provide the Ada community free access to the open and extensible AonixADT(TM) solution.

Since AonixADT can be used with a large set of existing plug-ins for third-party tools, including support for source-code configuration management, it is a powerful application-building enabler. Aonix, an early participant in the Eclipse(TM) open tools movement, has provided Ada Development Toolkit plug-ins for Aonix and GNAT compilers since 2004. With Eclipse Foundation sanctioned Ada plug-ins, the Ada community will enjoy the same benefits previously available for other languages.

By standardizing on a single IDE, companies that adopt Eclipse may eliminate the efforts traditionally required to learn and maintain multiple development environments. Within Eclipse, they can combine their extensive collection of in-house development tools with best-of-breed commercial products. This integration streamlines interactions within the development environment, simplifying the work process used by each developer on a daily basis, saving significant time and reducing overall development costs.

“We’re very pleased with the offer from Aonix to lead an ADT Project initiative,” said Doug Schaefer, QNX Software Systems, Eclipse CDT Project Lead. “Adding Ada to the Eclipse list of supported languages is further evidence of its broad acceptance as the best possible cross-language, cross-industry development IDE.”

The ADT project benefits any organization using popular real-time operating systems that support Eclipse in their development toolkits. Plug-ins built on a standard ADT project baseline would work together with other standard eclipse plug-ins supported by products such as Luminosity from LynuxWorks(TM), Momentics(R) from QNX(R) Software Systems, and Workbench from Wind River(R) Systems to name a few.

“As a user of the Eclipse platform, the CDT project and partner of Aonix, we are happy that ADT is helping to bring these together”, said Robert Day, VP marketing at LynuxWorks and chairman of the Eclipse Embedded Workgroup. “This initiative also shows the openness of Eclipse platform architecture and how its widespread usage in the embedded industry is extending daily to meet embedded users’ needs.”

“As a Strategic Developer in Eclipse and lead of the Device Software Development Platform (DSDP) top-level project, Wind River has actively promoted Eclipse adoption, collaboration, and contribution in the Device Software Development space,” says Andrew Lyons, Director of Developer Tools at Wind River. “We strongly support Aonix decision to initiate and lead the ADT project in Eclipse and look forward to a growing Ada community in Eclipse. Ada customers of Wind River Workbench, an Eclipse-based integrated development suite that supports both VxWorks and Linux operating systems, can only benefit from broad access and enhancement of tools like ADT.”

AonixADT provides Ada-project awareness, an Ada-language sensitive editor, Ada-language compile and build capabilities, along with a complete Ada debugger interface. ADT project awareness allows full library hierarchy manipulation and Ada program units can be conveniently inserted or removed from Ada projects. The language-sensitive editor provides complete language awareness with syntax color coding and template completion. Symbolic debugging is integrated within the Ada-language sensitive editor. The build interface offers complete access to the Aonix ObjectAda compile and build capabilities.

About Aonix(R)
Aonix offers mission- and safety-critical solutions primarily to the military and aerospace, telecommunications and transportation-related industries. Aonix delivers the leading high-reliability, real-time embedded virtual machine solution for running Java(TM) programs deployed today and has the largest number of certified Ada applications at the highest level of criticality. Headquartered in San Diego, CA and Paris, France, Aonix operates sales offices throughout North America and Europe in addition to offering a network of international distributors.

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