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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
"Vantreese, Gregory W." <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 23 Jan 1998 08:45:54 -0600
"David C. Hoos, Sr." <[log in to unmask]>
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"David C. Hoos, Sr." <[log in to unmask]>
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Hi Gregory,

I believe I can summarize this way:

The short answer is that Ada95 and C++ are compatible.  The longer answer is
that the effort required depends on the choice of compilers for both Ada and

One of the major issues is the C++ name mangling (to resolve overloading),
which is done differently by different compilers.

For example, if you're using gnat, then if the C++ code is done with the gnu
g++ compiler, then the job is easier than it is if the C++ is done with,
say, the Microsoft C++ compiler.  The gnat implementation has some special
pragmas for simplifying the job.

On the other hand, the Aonix compiler is easier to interface with Microsoft

My question, though,  is this -- if you are only developing for the Win32
platform, have you considered the all-Ada95 thick binding to the Win32 API
from RR Software, called Class Library for Ada Windows (CLAW).  The URL for
CLAW information is

If your GUI needs are just for the usual kinds of windowing objects, then
CLAW is a great solution.

David C. Hoos, Sr.

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From: Vantreese, Gregory W. <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, January 23, 1998 7:48 AM
Subject: Ada and C++ on NT

>Hi folks,
>Can anyone point me to information on using Ada together with C++ on
>Windows NT?  The reason that I need to know is that someone here has
>spread the opinion that Ada and C++ runtimes are incompatible, so one
>cannot use Ada with C++ in the same program on NT.  I am sure that is
>not true, but I cannot find any evidence as I am not (yet) an NT
>developer.  This question has come up in early planning on a project in
>which  certain parts (mainly small prototype GUI sections) may be
>developed in C++, while other parts (algorithms, data manipulation) will
>be written in Ada 95.  Plans are for the final full-scale development to
>be completely in Ada 95.
>Sorry if this seems inappropriate on this list, but I don't have news
>access from work, and this <is> an Ada advocacy issue.  I need to
>quickly reply before someone says, "Oh, Ada is incompatible, so let's
>just do the whole thing in C++."
>Thanks in advance,
>Greg Vantreese
>Raytheon Technical Services Company