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IDE offers redesigned builder module

Posted: 24 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Integrated Development Environment  tool improvements  compiler  builder module 

AdaCore has released the GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) 4.3 – a powerful Ada-oriented Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that accompanies the AdaCore GNAT Pro toolset on most platforms.

The new release lets developers simultaneously use multiple versions of the GNAT Pro toolset and features a redesigned builder module as well as an improved documentation generator. By configuring the development environment for several toolchains, a programmer can take advantage of the latest tool improvements while continuing to use a baselined previous version of the compiler.

Among other key features, GPS 4.3 allows upgrading the IDE independent of the base compiler, so that developers can use a single IDE across multiple projects for potentially different target platforms and compilers.

The redesigned builder module enables full customisation, aiding development flexibility, while the improved documentation generator includes support for predefined and user-defined tags.

"Easy configurability for different toolchains is increasingly important for developers looking to use multiple GNAT Pro versions," said Robert Dewar, President and CEO of AdaCore. "With GPS 4.3, developers can use the latest GNAT Pro toolset for a variety of purposes, such as source navigation, coding standard enforcement, and metrics computation, while using a baselined, earlier compiler for actual code generation."

Other features in GPS 4.3 include:

- Enhanced support for gcov (code coverage), gnatcheck (coding standard checker) and compiler switches

- Code completion with new Dynamic Mode

- Improved automatic code fixing

- New plug-ins, including:

* OS Shell

* Enhanced SPARK plug-in

* Show expanded code

* Initial support for GIT version control system

As with all GNAT Pro components, GPS is distributed with full source code and is backed by AdaCore's rapid and expert online support.

GPS 4.3 is currently available to GNAT Pro customers on selected platforms. GPS is included with the GNAT Pro Ada Development Environment.

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