FOSDEM 2012 Ada Presentations

For those of us not lucky enough to have been able to attend FOSDEM 2012, I’m very glad to report that all the Ada presentations are now available at the Ada Belgium website. There’s some really good stuff in there, so be sure to check it out.

But there’s more good news: The FOSDEM 2012 people are apparently working on getting some of the videos of the event online. I cannot begin to express how much I appreciate that. I really look forward to seeing the presentations. It’ll be almost the same as having been there myself. Almost.

Ada Developer Room at FOSDEM 2012

Ada’s got a developer room at FOSDEM 2012, and as if that wasn’t cool enough already, Ada in Denmark is represented with two talks by our very own Jacob Sparre Andersen!

The Ada program for FOSDEM 2012 is very interesting, with speakers such as Robert Dewar, Jean-Pierre Rosen, Jacob Sparre Andersen, José F. Ruiz, Xavier Grave, David Sauvage and Riccardo Bernardini. Yea, this is not an event to be missed.

You can read more about the event and the program here and here. Oh, and to top things off, here’s a FOSDEM interview with Robert Dewar.

AdaCore and SofCheck Merge

This is pretty big news and it will mean even more bright Ada people gathered at AdaCore. Now some people may fear that, but I think AdaCore have shown themselves to be strong supporters of the Open Source community (though I dislike their release cycle), and I’m confident that merging with SofCheck will strengthen Ada:

“AdaCore and SofCheck have worked towards common goals for a very long time,” said Tucker Taft, SofCheck’s Chairman and Founder. “This merger is a natural next-step for both our companies: the whole SofCheck team is very excited to be joining up with AdaCore where together we can continue adding capabilities to the industry-leading CodePeer static analysis technology, while creating new offerings for customers building and certifying high-integrity software as they move into the multicore era.”

“Our complementary skills, shared history, and dedication to the software engineering principles supported by the Ada programming language have made this merger a positive, seamless experience for both companies,” said Robert Dewar, AdaCore President and CEO. “We particularly welcome Tucker’s addition to AdaCore’s existing team of experts, which will help us move forward with our joint goal of improving software engineering capabilities for developers of safe, secure, and highly-reliable software applications.”

Tucker Taft and Robert Dewar in the same company is bound to lead to good things. Both have contributed massively to Ada, and hopefully they’ll continue to do so for many years still.

If you’re in the mood for some more information there’s a nice little press release, or if you’re really feeling adventurous you can go check out Tucker Taft’s ParaSail language, which appears to be humming along quite nicely.

FINAL Call for Industrial Presentations

I’m lazy, so I’ll just cut’n paste the email from Dirk Craeynest:

FINAL Call for Industrial Presentations

17th International Conference on
Reliable Software Technologies – Ada-Europe 2012

11-15 June 2012, Stockholm, Sweden

*** DEADLINE Thursday 12 JANUARY 2012 ***

The 17th International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies –
Ada-Europe 2012 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. Following its
traditional style, the conference will span a full week, including,
from Tuesday to Thursday, three days of parallel scientific, technical
and industrial programs, along with parallel tutorials and workshops
on Monday and Friday.

In addition to the usual Call for Papers, the conference also seeks
industrial presentations which deliver value and insight, but may not
fit the selection process for regular papers.

Authors of industrial presentations are invited to submit a short
overview (at least 1 page in size) of the proposed presentation by
January 12, 2012. Please use the EasyChair conference system at
The Industrial Committee will review the proposals and make the

The authors of selected presentations shall prepare a final short
abstract and submit it by May 11, 2012, aiming at a 20-minute talk.
The authors of accepted presentations will be invited to submit
corresponding articles for publication in the Ada User Journal, which
will host the proceedings of the Industrial Program of the Conference.
For any further information please contact the Industrial Chair

In addition to the award for best regular paper, Ada-Europe will also
offer an honorary award for the best presentation, considering both
regular and industrial presentations.

12 January 2012: Submission of industrial presentation proposals
3 February 2012: Notification of acceptance to all authors
11 May 2012: Industrial presentations required

Industrial Committee
Ahlan Marriott, White-Elephant GmbH, Switzerland
Alok Srivastava, TASC Inc, USA
Dirk Craeynest, Aubay Belgium & K.U.Leuven, Belgium
Erik Wedin, Saab, Sweden
Hubert Keller, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Germany
Ian Broster, Rapita Systems, UK
Ismael Lafoz, Airbus Military, Spain
Jamie Ayre, AdaCore, France
Jean-Loup Terraillon, European Space Agency, The Netherlands
Jean-Pierre Rosen, Adalog, France
Jørgen Bundgaard, Rovsing A/S, Denmark
Paolo Panaroni, Intecs, Italy
Paul Parkinson, Wind River, UK
Rod Chapman, Altran Praxis Ltd, UK
Rod White, MBDA, UK

So if you plan on giving a presentation, now is most certainly the time to submit it.

Ada in Denmark @ Google+

If you’re active on the excellent Google+ network, you might be interested in knowing that you can now follow the Ada in Denmark Google+ page.

Obviously we’ll post links to Ada news both here and on the Google+ page, but we also plan on using the page for photos/videos from the open Ada-DK meetings, and hopefully for some fun interaction with other Ada programmers.

It would be pretty awesome if we could build a network of Ada’ists on Google+, so come join the revolution!

The Basics + the GNATCOLL.JSON articles are up again

The Basics page is one of the most visited pages on the Ada-DK website, and when we moved it, we managed to more or less completely destroy it. But this has been fixed now, so visitors to whom Ada programming is an unknown can once again go and get a feel for some of the basic features of Ada.

We’ve also managed to move one more wiki article to the new Ada-DK Wiki: The Handling JSON Using GNATColl article. I’m considering changing this one to use dotted notation, because IMHO it makes the examples even easier to read, but I haven’t quite decided yet.

Enjoy! And please let us know if you spot any errors in the articles.

Ada at FOSDEM 2012


Ada programming got a developer room at FOSDEM 2012, which obviously is a good thing. There’s room for 81 seats in the room, so it’s quite large. You can read more about it here.

FOSDEM 2012 is held February 4. and 5. 2012, and it is…

…a free and non-commercial event organized by the community for the community. The goal is to provide Free Software and Open Source developers and communities a place to meet. Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organization gracefully accepts donations and sponsorships.

Sounds like fun all around!

Ada-Europe 2012 submission deadline approaching

The Ada Europe 2012 conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from June 11 to 15, and the november 28 deadline for submissions of regular papers, tutorial and workshop proposals is rapidly approaching.

If you have something to submit, you can either go to the relevant chair or if it’s a regular paper, you can use the EasyChair system set up for the conference.

Since our own Jørgen Bundgaard is Industrial Chair, I’m going to do my best to be there. Also I like Sweden a lot, so a nice vacation in Stockholm is a good thing. Combine it with Ada, and it’s a great thing!