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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 11:24:03 +0200
Reply-To: Jerry van Dijk <[log in to unmask]>
From: Jerry van Dijk <[log in to unmask]>
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In-Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]> from "Steven Deller" at Jun 30, 99 10:23:01 am
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Steven Deller wrote:

> Use POSIX Ada 1003.5.  It has everything you want, and should work across
> almost all OS systems, especially UNIX.  All vendors of Ada compilers support
> POSIX Ada to my best knowledge.
> Doing anything else is non-portable because OS interfaces are non-portable.

Not for everything. A lot of useful OS functionalitity is on most systems
available through the standard C and Posix libraries. As the interface to
C is standardized by Ada, you can use a lot of OS functionality without
resorting to a POSIX binding.

In practice, of course, the portablility will be restricted by the degree
in which the Ada compiler manafacturer inplemented proper sementics for
the C interface, and what diversions of the ANSI-C and POSIX standards
the OS and C manufacturers allowed/build-in.

-- Jerry van Dijk | Leiden, Holland
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