GNAT GPL 2012 is here!

I’ve been waiting anxiously for the 2012 edition of the GNAT GPL compiler and the accompanying GNAT Programming Studio update, and now the wait is finally over:

Get the GNAT GPL 2012 package

Coinciding with the GNAT GPL 2012 release, we also get a bunch of updates to all the other great libre.adacore.com tools, such as:

And a whole slew more. I’ve personally installed GNAT GPL 2012, the new GPS, AWS 2012, GNATColl 2012, Florist 2012 and XML/Ada 2012 on my Slackware64 boxes, and everything went without a hitch. It just worked. Next up: Getting familiar with some of new Ada 2012 features. Should be fun.

Ada on Slackware

I finally got around to writing an article about Ada Programming on Slackware. Actually that’s probably overstating things a bit, as no actual Ada programming is happening in the article. Instead the focus is on how to install an Ada compiler and some Ada libraries on a Slackware system.

It is by no means a complicated process, but then again nothing is complicated if you know how it’s done. This article is squarely aimed at Ada programmers who perhaps do not live and die by the commandline.

The article is also a first for me, because it contains videos of the entire compile/install process. Yes, that’s right, you get to “enjoy” my gentle voice, while I struggle with the English language. I know videos aren’t exactly the best way to convey information about these things, but I do think that they are good addition for someone to whom tar zxvf something.tar.gz is completely alien.

At least I hope so.

Feel free to let me know if you think I’ve completely wasted my time doing these videos or if you’d like me to do more.

If you don’t want to bother with the article, you can go straight to the videos:

I think my next article might be about Ada tasking, unless you’ve got a better suggestion?