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Chapter 20:
Loose ends

I thought at first that you had done something clever,
but I see there was nothing in it, after all.

— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Red-Headed League


20.1 Other features of Ada
20.2 Other sources of information

20.1 Other features of Ada

As I said in the preface, this book does not pretend to provide a complete coverage of Ada 95. Ada’s a big language, and it would take a much bigger book than this to do it justice. Many of the features I’ve omitted have been omitted because you shouldn’t use them, or because you’re unlikely to need to use them, or a combination of both. Others have simply been the victims of a lack of space. Here’s a list of the major omissions and the reasons why I left them out:

Some features have only been mentioned briefly:


20.2 Other sources of information

A lot of documentation about Ada is freely available, usually electronically via the Internet (either on the World-Wide Web or by FTP). This includes the Ada 95 Reference Manual and the accompanying Rationale as well as the Annotated Reference Manual and Style Guide. Another useful document is the Ada Programming FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions list). A lot of software is also available in the same way, including the GNAT compiler system (which is available for most development platforms) and a variety of other development tools, as well as an ever-growing library of useful packages.

Here’s a list of good places to start looking if you’re interested in online resources:

Paper copies of some documents can be had for the asking, and most online resources are available on CD if you don’t have convenient access to the Internet. Here are some sources:

There is a Usenet newsgroup which discusses Ada-related issues:

There are also a number of Ada-related special interest groups around the world:



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This file is part of Ada 95: The Craft of Object-Oriented Programming by John English.
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