GNAT GPL 2011 is out!

And so is the 2011 versions of all the software, such as AWS, XML/Ada and GNATcoll.

GNAT GPL 2011 is, as you probably know, the GPL edition of the AdaCore Ada compiler. The package comes complete with compiler and the excellent Ada/C/C++ IDE GNAT Programming Studio.

Obviously there are a lot of changes and new stuff in the 2011 GNAT GPL package, but some of the most notable are:

  • Improved support for Ada 2012
  • More flexible and more efficient project manager tool
  • Support for unloading Ada plug-ins
  • Improved support for Ada constructs on the .NET platform
  • More detailed exception messages (-gnateE switch)
  • complete support for Lego MINDSTORMS hardware, including audio and I2C sensors

I’m especially interested in the new Ada 2012 features and in the -gnateE switch. I could do with some more information in my exceptions.

I haven’t tried any of the new stuff yet, as download speeds are currently abysmal. GNAT GPL is downloading at 18.8kb/s so it’ll be a while yet before I can get my hands on the shiny new stuff.

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