I would like to bring to the attention of Ada fans that, for the 4th consecutive year, SIGAda will be taking its "Ada Awareness" booth to the Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems conference (TOOLS USA 2001) in Santa Barbara, CA.  The TOOLS exhibition is Tuesday - Thursday, July 31 - August 2, while the complete technical program runs as a mix of tutorials, presentations, and workshops from Sunday - Friday (July 29 - August 3).  Although TOOLS's roots are with the Eiffel programming language, TOOLS has for many years been inclusive of all OO languages, and many are represented there.  SIGAda has been glad to increase Ada's visibility at TOOLS, which we have found very Ada friendly.  Additionally, Ada/SIGAda stalwarts Richard Riehle (Tutorials Chair) and Ben Brosgol (giving a tutorial) are involved in the TOOLS program.  In recent years Richard has also moderated a closing panel titled "The Great Language Debate" where Ada has more than held its own, usually represented by Ben.  TOOLS USA 2001 is an event people doing OO with Ada should consider attending; check out the conference website at http://www.tools-conferences.com/usa/ (the "Register" button is on the left).

(For non-North Americans: check out http://www.tools-conferences.com for links to TOOLS Eastern Europe in Bulgaria in late September, and TOOLS Pacific 2001 in Australia in early December.)

We have an opening for a SIGAda or Team Ada member who is willing to travel to Santa Barbara that week to serve as our principal booth staffer.  Although SIGAda can not cover your travel expenses, there is one free TOOLS USA 2001 registration for each exhibitor, which you will receive.  The registration includes access to all conference sessions; a copy of the tutorial notes for each tutorial attended; a copy of the conference proceedings; refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks; daily lunches; beach barbecue dinner and conference dinner.  Although Ben and particularly Richard have other obligations throughout the week, they will be willing to spell you in the booth a fair amount of the time.

Reply directly to me at <[log in to unmask]> if you are available and willing to man SIGAda's booth at TOOLS USA 2001 in four weeks.

     -Hal Hart, SIGAda "Ada Awareness" booth manager

PS1: TOOLS USA 2001 is part of the California Technology Forum, the first major technology event ever on the California South Coast. Registered TOOLS attendees have access to all sessions of the other five CTF conferences:  Internet & Security, Business & Technology, .NET and Windows, Voice & Wireless.

PS2:  Additionally, you may find it interesting to check out the website of TOOLS sponsor Interactive Software Engineering, inventors of Design by Contract and the Eiffel method and language.  This website, at http://eiffel.com/, bills itself as "one of the richest software technology resources on the Internet:  more than 1200 Web pages of solid technical information on how to boost quality and productivity."   I've checked it out, and indeed they have lots of great, free technical info there!