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Dirk Craeynest <[log in to unmask]>
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Team Ada: Ada Programming Language Advocacy
Mon, 7 May 2012 00:20:56 +0200
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                     Ada-Belgium Spring 2012 Event

                  Saturday, May 12, 2012, 12:00-19:00
                Wavre area, south of Brussels, Belgium

                          including at 15:00
                   2012 Ada-Belgium General Assembly
                             and at 15:45
                             Ada Workshop



The next Ada-Belgium event will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in
the Wavre area, south of Brussels.

For the fifth year in a row, Ada-Belgium decided to organize their
"Spring Event", which starts at noon, runs until 7pm, and includes an
informal barbecue, a key signing party, the 19th General Assembly of
the organization, and a two-part workshop consisting of a recorded
presentation by Robert Dewar on Ada, and practical hands-on experience
on packaging Ada software for Debian with Ludovic Brenta, principal
maintainer of Ada in Debian.

  * 12:00  welcome and getting started (please be there!)
  * 12:15  informal barbecue
  * 14:45  key signing party
  * 15:00  Ada-Belgium General Assembly
  * 15:45  recorded Ada presentation by Robert Dewar
  * 16:30  workshop on creating Debian packages of Ada software
  * 19:00  end

Everyone interested (members and non-members alike) is welcome at any
or all parts of this event.

For practical reasons registration is required. If you would like to
attend, please send an email before Wednesday, May 9, 20:00, to Dirk
Craeynest <[log in to unmask]> with the subject "Ada-Belgium
Spring 2012 Event", so you can get precise directions to the place of
the meeting.

If you are a member but have not renewed your affiliation yet, please
do so by paying the appropriate fee before the General Assembly (you
have also received a printed request via normal mail). If you are
interested to become a new member, please register by filling out the
2012 membership application form[1] and by paying the appropriate fee
before the General Assembly.
After payment you will receive a receipt from our treasurer and you
are considered a member of the organization for the year 2012 with
all member benefits[2]. Early renewal ensures you receive the full
Ada-Belgium membership benefits (including the Ada-Europe indirect
membership benefits package).

As mentioned at earlier occasions, we have a limited stock of
documentation sets and Ada related CD-ROMs that were distributed
at previous events. Most important are back issues of the Ada User
Journal[3]. These will be available on a first-come first-serve basis
at the General Assembly for current and new members.


Informal barbecue
The organization will provide food and beverage to all Ada-Belgium
members. Non-members who want to participate at the barbecue are also
welcome: they can choose to join the organization or pay the sum of 15
Euros per person to the Treasurer of the organization.

General Assembly
All Ada-Belgium members have a vote at the General Assembly, can add
items to the agenda, and can be a candidate for a position on the
Board[4]. See the separate official convocation[5] for all details.


Key Signing Party
Wouldn't it be nice if a majority of people used GPG to sign their
email every day so that you could send all non-signed email into the
spam bin? To make that dream come true, please join and expand the
global Web of Trust[6]!

What you should bring with you:
  * an official ID card issued by your national government;
  * your GPG key fingerprint (i.e. the output of gpg --fingerprint) on
    small paper slips; a dozen copies or so should be enough.

What you will go home with:
  * signatures from all other participants;
  * automatic inclusion in the global Web of Trust;
  * the ability to digitally sign or encrypt anything you like.


Ada Workshop
This year, we plan a two-part workshop. First of all, we'll watch a
recording of one of Robert Dewar's presentations on Ada. This should
give everyone present, whether "old dinosaurs" or "new afficionados",
valuable background information on the language and its evolution.

Afterwards, those interested can get practical information and hands-on
experience on "Packaging Ada Software for Debian".

Debian[7], "The Universal Operating System", is simply the best
platform for the enthusiast Ada developer. The features that
distinguish Debian from the rest are:

  * a binary distribution that avoids the need to recompile Florist,
    ASIS, GtkAda and all other Ada packages;
  * a large number of packages intended for Ada developers;
  * a clear and consistent policy[8] making all packages integrate
    seamlessly and interoperate;
  * outstanding support for the Ada part of the GNU Compiler Collection
    (GCC) with unique innovations like libgnatvsn and libgnatprj not
    found anywhere else;
  * backports of bug fixes from the bleeding edge of GCC development
    into the safe and stable compiler used for all Debian packages;
  * support for more hardware architectures than any other Ada
    distribution: alpha, amd64, hppa, i386, ia64, kfreebsd-i386,
    powerpc, s3980 and sparc (with mips, mipsel and ppc64 added
  * a choice between "stable", "testing" and "unstable" versions of
    Debian to suit personal preferences;
  * Debian is the mother of Ubuntu, Knoppix and dozens of other
    distributions which sometimes incorporate the Ada packages.

The goal of the workshop is to help people participate in this effort
to bring even more Ada software to Debian, or to help maintain the
existing packages.

What you should bring with you:
  * your computer, already installed with Debian unstable or with an
    unstable chroot already created (see below);
  * network cables (or WiFi already configured);
  * monitor and keyboard, if your computer is not a laptop;
  * power cables;
  * some Ada software you would like to see in Debian but is not there
    (not necessarily software that you wrote; any software with a
    license permitting redistribution in source and binary form will

Note 1: if your computer does not run Debian as its main operating
system, you can install Debian in a virtual machine (VMWare or other),
in a jail on a FreeBSD system (Debian kfreebsd-i386), or in a chroot on
any other distribution. Danny Beullens will offer help and assistance
to those who would like to install Debian in a VMWare virtual machine.

Note 2: if you would like to install Debian as your main operating
system but are uncomfortable doing so by yourself, please get in
touch with your nearest Linux User Group (e.g.
in Brussels).

What Ludovic Brenta will do for you:
  * set up a local Debian mirror, so you can install or upgrade
    packages necessary for Ada package development;
  * explain how to package Ada software for Debian;
  * help you package your own program or library;
  * answer questions about GNAT, GCC, Debian, etc.;
  * if your package is suitable for inclusion in Debian, sponsor it for

What you will go home with:
  * your own .deb packages installed on your computer;
  * better understanding of how packaging works;
  * better understanding of the Debian Policy for Ada;
  * if your package is suitable, your name on the Debian Package
    Tracking System and your package on the next Debian DVD or CDROM


To permit this more interactive and social format, the event takes
place at private premises in the Wavre area, south of Brussels. As
instructed above, please inform us by e-mail if you would like to
attend, and we'll provide you precise directions to the place of the
meeting. Obviously, the number of participants we can accommodate is
not unlimited, so don't delay...

Looking forward to meet many of you!

Dirk Craeynest, President Ada-Belgium
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We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support of our
 activities: AdaCore, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), and
                Université Libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.).




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