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From: D S Croston-Melling <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 20:39:23 +0100
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Thanks for the response.

Is this Ada 95 compiler with the ANSI C IML freely available for
download - if so I think this would be a good route to explore.

I can see it now... Ada 95 courses for Software Engineers, where the
handouts are not just the ALRM, a Freebie Compiler and a stale
but a Shiney new Lego Mindstorms Kit, a suite of Ada packages to
interface the Firmware and a challenge to build a Multitasking Robot
in a week.

Seeing how Lego-Like Ada is in its Mind-Set, mabee someone from the
Ada community should Approach Lego DACTA to see if they would be
interested in bundling an Ada interface / IDE with the ROBOLAB
(larger more powerful kit targetted at schools).

I personally think that kids would soon get bored with the default
RCX environment, and PBForth sucks, NQC doesnt quite cut the mustard.

Dave SC-M.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Tucker Taft <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, November 15, 1999 06:39
Subject: Re: Lego Mindstorms & Ada 95

>"Carlisle, Martin" wrote:
>> One of our faculty, Barry Fagin, is pursuing an Ada interface for
>> programming the Lego Mindstorms.  My understanding is that his
>> current idea is to translate Ada to NQC.  This route seems a lot
>> simpler to me than attempting to complete the ECGS combination
>> with GNAT.
>I suppose it depends how large a subset he is planning to translate.
>If he is expecting to translate full Ada, he would be wise to start
>with an existing front end.
>We also have a technology which might be relevant, an Ada 95
>compiler that uses optimized ANSI C as its intermediate
>representation.  This might or might not be easier to use than GNAT
>as a starting point for this effort.
>Given the reported memory size, I can't quite imagine how a Java
>Virtual Machine would fit.
>> He is not a participant in this list, but can be reached at
>> [log in to unmask]
>> --Martin
>> --------------------------------------
>> Martin C. Carlisle,
>> Asst Prof of Computer Science
>> US Air Force Academy
>> [log in to unmask]
>> DISCLAIMER: The content of this message contains the author's
>> opinions, and does not reflect the policy of the US Air Force
>> Academy or US Government.
>-Tucker Taft   [log in to unmask]
>Technical Director, Distributed IT Solutions
>( AverStar (formerly Intermetrics, Inc.)
>Burlington, MA  USA

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