Fri, 16 Jun 2000 11:36:51 -0500
Though I don't quite understand the subject line, it marks a recent thread
on the gnat-chat list. From the description of the features of this "ODD"
(ACT's odd heterological acronym for it) item, it may not be fully a
"killer" but it could certainly get some good exposure for Ada.
* Entirely written in Ada - presumably with the reliability that
* GUI interface for the 'gdb' debugger
* Supports items available in Ada and not in C (possibly including Java
threads and Java/C++ exceptions?)
* Uses Tk bindings, therefore portable to X11, WinDoze, Mac
* Native code, therefore faster than interpreted Java.
* Ada and Tk, therefore easier to read and much smaller than Java. This
is my guess--I haven't seen it, but I've written a small amount of Java
GUI code, and it sure takes a heck of a lot more SLOC than TCL/Tk for the
* Can run on a different platform than the one running gdb
* Can control multiple gdb sessions (debugging distributed programs?)
* "Entity browsing" (click on something, view its declaration).