ZanyBlue v1.1.0 Beta Available

Michael Rohan posted an update to the ZanyBlue library the other day, bringing it up to version 1.1.0:

This is an Ada library currently targeting localization support for Ada (along the lines of Java properties) with supporting message formatting and built-in localization for about 20 locales. The properties files are compiled into Ada sources built with your application and use to access application messages at run-time. The run-time locale is used to select localized messages, if they are available.

Changes in this release include:

  • Updates for building with GNAT 2012 (major driver for this release).
  • Added a patch to ZanyBlue-ize GNAT GPS 5.1.1 (released with GNAT 2012). The resultant executable is identical to the standard gps but with support for pseudo translation (no real attempt is made to supply localized properties files for gps!).

You can read the full release announcement here, or just jump straight to the download.

Some Fast Ada Programming News

First lets start with the fact that it just got easier to build Ada packages for Debian. YAY!

Second it’s great to know that the Ada networking library, Anet, just hit version 0.1 – Get it while it’s hot.

Third you’ll be thrilled to know that the What would you like in Ada 202X? thread on comp.lang.ada has gone berserk! Fun read, if you have the time.

Fourth we get ZanyBlue, which is a project implementing a finite element based solution of the Maxwell field equations. En route to that goal, supporting libraries and applications are being implemented. Initial functionality covers localization support for Ada. ZanyBlue is now at version 1.0.0 BETA. Here’s the release announcement.

Finally Stephe Leake did the entire Ada 2005, 2012 (draft 17) reference manual in info format. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.