Those of you in SIGAda and those who attended the SIGAda 98
Conference received ASE (Ada and Software Engineering) CDROMs.
This is a new family of CDROMs (with a different set of
websites), and it should not be confused with the old Ada
CDROMs and the PAL set of websites.
A key difference is that the ASE CDROMs are cumulative in
nature, not duplicative. The ASE01_03 CDROM I announced
earlier today supplements the ASE01_01 and ASE01_02 CDROMs
you already received. The material on it updates the material
on the others and a lot of new material not found on the
others is included. There is a little duplication (in a different
format), but not much.
The Ada CDROMs, on the other hand, duplicated each other a lot
more. New material was added each time, and some old material
removed from time to time, but the same basic body of material
tended to be carried over from one to another. This does not
happen with the ASE family.
The ASE Card Catalog covers all the CDROMs in the family.
The ASE Card Catalog on ASE01_03, for instance, documents what
is on the earlier discs as well. It catalogs the content of all
three discs, and provides active hyperlinks to the material on
ASE01_03 while providing information on what other disc to load
if the material you want is on the others.
In addition, the ASE family is set up to facilitate the construction
of local ASE websites. You can copy the ASE01_01, ASE01_02, and
ASE01_03 trees from the discs onto a website, copy the SUPPORT tree
from the latest disc onto a website, and then copy the index.htm
file from the SUPPORT tree to the top-level (on a par with the
ASE01_xx trees), and this will form a website for you with an
integrated ASE Card Catalog that gives you access to all the material
in all the trees. Then, as new ASE01_xx discs come out, you can
update your website, adding their ASE01_xx trees and replacing your
SUPPORT tree with their SUPPORT trees.
You will find a writeup of this (with a list of steps to perform)
in the online help section of the ASE01_03 CDROM. The Generic
Web-based Reuse Library (GWRL) tool family (written in Ada95 and available
on the ASE01_03 CDROM) was used to build these webs, and is offered
to allow you to build your own as well.
Richard Conn, ASE and PAL Manager