AdaCore Launches GNAT Programming Studio 4.3

AdaCore, provider of the highest quality Ada tools and support services, announced the release of GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) 4.3 – an advanced, powerful Ada-oriented Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that accompanies the AdaCore GNAT Pro toolset on most platforms. The new release lets developers simultaneously use multiple versions of the GNAT Pro toolset and features a redesigned builder module as well as an improved documentation generator. By configuring the development environment for several toolchains, a programmer can take advantage of the latest tool improvements while continuing to use a baselined previous version of the compiler.

Among other key features, GPS 4.3 allows upgrading the IDE independent of the base compiler, so that developers can use a single IDE across multiple projects for potentially different target platforms and compilers. The redesigned builder module enables full customisation, aiding development flexibility, while the improved documentation generator includes support for predefined and user-defined tags. The new features will be highlighted and demonstrated in the next GNAT Pro InSight Webinar on November 25, 2008.

“GPS continues to lead the market for professional Ada development,” commented Arnaud Charlet, GPS Project Manager at AdaCore. “The requirements for GPS 4.3 were based on direct user feedback. We enhanced its ability to support multiple toolchains, and significantly updated our builder module and documentation generator to provide developers with unprecedented flexibility and control over their projects.”

“Easy configurability for different toolchains is increasingly important for developers looking to use multiple GNAT Pro versions,” said Robert Dewar, President and CEO of AdaCore. “With GPS 4.3, developers can use the latest GNAT Pro toolset for a variety of purposes, such as source navigation, coding standard enforcement, and metrics computation, while using a baselined, earlier compiler for actual code generation.”

New functions in GPS 4.3 include:

  • Easy configurability for multiple toolchains
  • Redesigned and fully customisable builder module
  • Improved documentation generator, including support for predefined and user defined tags
  • Enhanced support for gcov (code coverage), gnatcheck (coding standard checker) and compiler switches
  • Code completion with new Dynamic Mode
  • Improved automatic code fixing
  • New plug-ins, including:
    • OS Shell
    • Enhanced SPARK plug-in
    • Show expanded code
    • Initial support for GIT version control system

As with all GNAT Pro components, GPS is distributed with full source code and is backed by AdaCore’s rapid and expert online support.

About GNAT Programming Studio (GPS)
GPS is a powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE) written in Ada using the GtkAda toolkit. GPS’ extensive source-code navigation and analysis tools can generate a broad range of useful information, including call graphs, source dependencies, project organisation, and complexity metrics. It also provides support for configuration management through an interface to third-party Version Control Systems, and supports a variety of platforms, including Altix Linux, IA64 HP Linux, Solaris (sparc and x86), GNU/Linux (x86 and x86-64), Mac OS X, and x86 Windows (2003, XP and Vista). GPS is highly extensible; a simple scripting approach enables additional tool integration. It is also customisable, allowing programmers to specialise various aspects of the program’s appearance in the editor for a user-specified look and feel.

Pricing and Availability
GPS 4.3 is currently available to GNAT Pro customers on selected platforms. GPS is included with the GNAT Pro Ada Development Environment. Please contact AdaCore (sales@adacore.com) for the latest information on pricing and supported configurations.

About Insight Webinars
AdaCore’s Insight Webinars are a series of informative webinars dedicated to tools that make up the GNAT Pro development environment. Each webinar consists of a presentation, a demo, and a question and answer session and is presented by an AdaCore technical expert. A webinar presenting the new features of the GPS 4.3 release will take place on November 25, 2008 at 08:00am PST / 11:00 EST / 17:00 CET. For more information, or to register, please visit: www.adacore.com/home/gnatpro/webinars/

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial software solutions for Ada, a modern 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 worldwide customer base. Ada and GNAT Pro continue to see growing usage in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including commercial aircraft avionics, military systems, air traffic management/control, railway systems and medical devices, and in security-sensitive domains such as financial services. AdaCore has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.