December 10, 1995 (Happy Birthday, Lady Ada Lovelace)
Michael B. Feldman (email@example.com) Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science The George Washington University Washington, DC 20052 (202) 994-5919 (voice) (202) 994-0227 (fax)
We are happy to announce a new release of GW-Ada/Ed for the Apple Macintosh family of computers. This software is now available by anonymous ftp from ftp.gwu.edu, in the directory pub/ada/gw-adaed/mac, and in the Public Ada Library at wuarchive.wustl.edu, in the directory languages/ada/compiler/adaed/gwu/mac.
The new release does not add any functionality, but corrects a number of bugs and is significantly faster. A "fat binary" version for 68020/30/40 and PPC Macs can be found in gwadafat.sit; a special version for 68000 Macs is in gwada68k.sit. System 7 or higher is required.
Thanks again to Fabrizio Oddone of Turin, Italy, for the splendid maintenance work on this system!
This project was sponsored by The George Washington University, and in part by the United States Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) under contract #FY3592-93-10234, administered by Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM 87117-5776.
Copyright (C) 1994, Manuel A. Perez and Michael Bliss Feldman
This program is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
NYU's original README file is included in the distribution, for your information. In summary, Ada/Ed was developed several years ago, and validated under the Ada Compiler Validation Capability suite then in effect. Ada/Ed is a full-scale compiler, which generates instructions for a virtual machine. Execution is carried out by an interpreter for this virtual machine.
Ada/Ed handles nearly all of Ada 83, including tasking and generics. Not supported are a number of machine-dependent features, most of which are not sensible to support in a virtual-machine environment.
The multi-window editor follows the usual Macintosh menu and command-key conventions. Source files are limited to 32k characters, however. Standard output is sent to a subset-VT100 console window, so that cursor addressing and other ANSI escape sequences are supported. We think that the system will be fun to use and as easy to work with as most Mac programs are. Students who have tested the system comment that it, like GW-Ada/Ed-DOS, is a great way to learn Ada.
The distribution contains 7 files, as given below. If you are interested only in using GW-Ada/Ed-Mac but not modifying it, you need not copy the first file, which contains the source code (in C and C++).
This software is available by anonymous ftp from ftp.gwu.edu, in the directory pub/ada/gw-adaed/mac, and in the Public Ada Library at wuarchive.wustl.edu, in the directory languages/ada/compiler/adaed/gwu/mac.
-rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 2020836 Apr 27 1995 GWAdaSource.sea.hqx -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 94720 Apr 27 1995 adademos.sea -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 1006328 Apr 27 1995 c-source.sit -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 731392 Dec 12 03:53 gwada68k.sit -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 1200256 Dec 12 03:53 gwadafat.sit -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 366 Apr 27 1995 packing.list.mac -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 6654 Apr 27 1995 readme.mac -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 24329 Apr 27 1995 readme.nyu -rwxrwxr-x 1 root adauser 12215 Apr 27 1995 userman.macreadme.mac gives brief instructions for unpacking and installing the system.
readme.nyu is the original NYU document for Ada/Ed; you don't need it to run this system, but it contains useful background information.
userman.mac is a brief user manual for GW-Ada/Ed-Mac; you can open it with any ASCII editor or Word Processor; we recommend that you open it with the GW-Ada/Ed-Mac editor, once you've installed the system.
The files gwadafat.sit and gwada68k.sit are Mac Binary II Stuffit archives. Once you've downloaded the files to your Mac, use Stuffit Expander or another recent Stuffit to unpack the distribution.
Once the unpacked system is available on your Mac, start reading the user manual, which gives a brief tutorial on using the system.
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help help set subscribe gw-adaed firstname lastname (substitute your own names!)The first 2 lines will get you help messages indicating how to use the various options listproc provides; the third line subscribes you to the list. This is all automated; our hands do not touch your message.
Once you get an e-mail acknowledgement of your subscription, you can write to the list by sending e-mail to email@example.com. In messages to the list, do _not_ leave the subject line empty.
We hope you will spread around the news of the availability of this list. You do _not_ need Usenet news accesss or ftp to join the list; you need only to be able to send and receive Internet e-mail.
We hope you enjoy the list, and using GW-Ada/Ed!
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