Free Tools and Libraries
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General Collections of Tools and Libraries
“AdaBasis, an acronym for the German phrase ‘Bibliothek anwendungsbezogener Ada Software-Komponenten in Stuttgart,’ is a repository of (mostly) free Ada Software, presented in a way that is (hopefully) easy to use and allows flexible access and effective searching. The software in this repository is based mainly on the PAL and is still extending. It is presented in a hierarchical manner, separated in different application domains, and, for some domains, with an additional searching facility.”
- Artificial Intelligence
- Database Management
- Mathematical Functions and Data Structures
- Networking and Distributed Processing
- Software Development Tools
- Various other Tools
- Ada and Software Engineering Library
This site is the on-line version of the famous ASE CD-ROMs. It contains over
1.3 Gigabytes of information on Ada, including libraries, tools, educational
materials, and compilers. This library is now hosted in the AdaIC’s archives,
as the previous site has gone off-line. The library is also available
via FTP at Ada Belgium’s site.
- Open Software (GNU)
This is the homepage of free software projects related to the GNU Ada Translator (GNAT),
focused on projects porting and supporting GNAT on different platforms. The site
contains these projects:
- The Ada for GNU/Linux Team (ALT)
- The Ada for DOS homepage
- The Ada for SCO page.
- The Ada for NetBSD page.
- The Ada for OS/2 homepage
- Libre Software
GPLed software for Ada and other languages.
Single-source Collections of Tools and Libraries
- Ada in Astrophysics
This is a collection of libraries related to the use of Ada in Astrophysics. If you know what “parallel spectral line synthesis code” means, you’ll probably find something interesting here.
- Ada Reusable Code
Ada components, including fuzzy logic, interval arithmetic, string editing,
table management, smart pointers, and more.
Includes VAD (Visual Ada Developer), QT4Ada and QT5Ada (bindings to QT4 and QT5), and other interesting items.
- Ada Util
Ada Util is a collection of utility packages for Ada 2005. Several packages are inspired from Java packages and libraries. It includes:
It has been compiled and ported on Linux, Windows and Netbsd.
- A logging framework close to Java log4j framework
- Support for properties
- A serialization/deserialization framework for XML, JSON, CSV
- Ada beans framework
- Encoding/decoding framework (Base16, Base64, SHA, HMAC-SHA)
- A composing stream framework (raw, files, buffers, pipes)
- Several concurrency tools (reference counters, counters, pools)
- Support for localized date format
- Support for process creation and pipe streams (on Unix and Windows)
- Support for CSV in the serialization framework
- Integratation of Ahven 2.1 for the unit tests (activate with –enable-ahven)
- A tool to generate perfect hash function
- Andersen Library
This site contains a collection of Ada programs and packages written by
Jacob Sparre Andersen, which are distributed under the “Beerware” Open Source license. These include an ISBN handling package, various generic math packages, and more.
- Anders Gidenstam’s Ada Software pages
These include a number of interesting packages, including various lock-free
data structures in Ada.
- Jonathan Parker’s Math Libraries
are a collection of numerics routines in Ada (under the GPL license); these include
SVD, QR, LU, Runge-Kutta, FFT, Arbitrary precision floating point, and random number generators.
Matreshka is an Ada framework to develop information systems. It includes: extended support for internationalization; XML processing; web frameworks; SQL database access; and more.
- Matthews Libraries and Programs
The home page of John B. Matthews, which includes libraries for polynomial root finding in Ada;
Jumble and War (two simulations of simple games), and other useful Ada stuff.
- Stephen Leake’s Libraries
This site includes a collection of Ada tools including
SAL (Stephe’s Ada Library),
Auto Text_IO, and more.
- Student Packages
String processing, HTML output routines, an Ada.Text_IO visualisation tool, forms based programming, a simple Unix interface, a Simple Prolog interpreter, making motif/callbacks easier, and data compression.
Individual Tools and Libraries
- Ada AutoIT
Ada AutoIT is an Ada binding to AutoIT, which is a test automation interface
for Win32 systems.
- Ada BFD
Ada BFD is an Ada binding for the GNU Binutils BFD library. It allows reading binary ELF and COFF files using the GNU BFD.
- Ada binding to Zlib
ZLib.Ada is a thick binding to the popular compression/decompression library ZLib.
It provides Ada style access to the ZLib C library.
AdaBLAS is an Ada binding to BLAS.
AdaLAPACK is an Ada binding to LAPACK.
Ada-LAPACK is an all-Ada implementation of parts of LAPACK.
Ada-Spread is an Ada2005 binding to the high performance messaging service
- Ada Web Application
The AWA project is a framework to build a web application with Ada.
Addr2Line2locations, is a utility for GPS (an Ada language oriented IDE from AdaCore), which provides you navigation in exceptions traceback and origin via the Locations pane of the GPS IDE.
ADHCP is an implementation of the DHCP protocol in Ada.
Ahven is an Ada 95 unit test library.
Anet is a networking library for the Ada programming language.
A library for sound operations.
AZip is an archive manager which is 100% written in Ada.
Basil is a library for processing e-mail messages (including MIME parts).
- Booch Components
Simon Wright continues Dave Weller’s original work of porting Grady Booch’s
C++ components to Ada95.
- C2Ada Sourceforge project
This project is the current home of the C2Ada C to Ada translator program. C2Ada can translate C headers to produce bindings as well as C programs to produce translations.
Canta is an open source Windows application, written in Ada, that aims to help the user to learn to sing in tune.
Comfignat provides convenient command-line-controlled compile-time configuration of software built with the GNAT tools on Unix-like operating systems.
- Corporate BS Generator
This Ada program creates random sentences of corporate-speak; it’s available on-line and as an Ada program you can run locally.
Charles is a container library for Ada95, modeled principally on the C++ STL.
It features both ordered (lists and arrays) and unordered (sets and maps) collections.
Associated with each container type is a separate iterator type, which allows
you to visit each item in the container.
Written in Ada and designed for educational purposes, the Cheddar program
automatically checks realtime constraints in programs.
- Configuration File package
Config is a package for parsing configuration files (.ini, .inf, .cfg, …) and retrieving keys of various types.
Dequesterity [dek-ster-i-tee] is an assortment of deque/buffer generics written in Ada 2005 that consist of building blocks that may be combined in various ways to create higher abstraction buffers.
Bringing the GNAT Ada compiler to DragonFlyBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and Solaris/OpenSolaris.
- Excel Writer
Excel Writer provides a library for creating Excel spreadsheet files directly from Ada programs
(no copy of Excel or another office program is required).
G2F_IO implements an Ada 95 binding to a subset of the low-level MagickCore
- Globe 3D
GLOBE_3D is a free, open-source, real-time 3D Engine written in Ada, based on OpenGL.
- GNU GMP and MPFR binding
This binding to the GNU GMP and MPFR Multi-precision libraries offers excellent performance.
JEWL is a set of Ada packages aimed at novices which enables reasonably sophisticated Windows GUI applications to be
built with a minimum of effort.
Ada framework providing work sharing/seeking services for distributing work amongst CPU cores on multi-core machines.
- Nasser Abbasi Ada page
Packages and links on Ada.
- Oliver Kellogg’s Ada source processing
These are a number of Perl programs for processing Ada source code.
OpenGLAda is a thick Ada binding for OpenGL and GLFW. It enables you to create complex graphical applications in Ada, using the OpenGL industry standard.
- P2Ada Sourceforge Project
A free Pascal-to-Ada translator.
A suite of Ada 2005 generics to facilitate iterative and recursive parallelism for multicore systems and provide safer recursion for single and multicore systems.
PCSC/Ada provides an Ada interface for communicating with smart cards via standard PC/SC interfaces.
The library provides a thick, easy-to-use interface to the SCard API.
Player-Ada is a not-so-thin binding to the libplayerc client library that
is distributed as part of the Player/Stage multi-robot interface/simulator
- PLplot for Ada
PLplot is a cross-platform software package for creating scientific plots. It has a dedicated Ada
binding (along with a number of other languages).
QT4Ada is a hand-written Ada 2005 binding to QT 4.2.
QTAda is a different Ada 2005 binding to QT.
SOCI-Ada is a database access library based on the SOCI project. It has
an easy-to-use and compact interface, yet still can provide high performance.
- Tension Structures
This site is to publicizes information about design and analysis of tension
structures including cable roofs and membrane structures. Source code written
in Ada95, examples and executable code for Windows available for download.
A library for creating parsers and lexers. Powerful, flexible, and
XML4Ada95 is a package which enables parsing and serialization of XML
Documents, accessing them via the DOM Interface., and validation of them
against DTDs and XML Schema.
YAMI4 is a set of messaging libraries designed for distributed systems with particular focus
on control and monitoring systems.
- Zip Ada
ZIP file handling in Ada, including compression and decompression.