Ada in Action
Author: Do-While Jones
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 1995
Subject: Ada in Action is on-line
Ada in Action (with Practical Programming Examples) by
Do-While Jones is now on the Internet. It can be obtained
using anonymous ftp from owens.ridgecrest.ca.us. You will
find it in the pub/users/d/do_while/ada_in_action directory.
The first edition of Ada in Action was published by
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 1989. Initial sales were not
sufficient to retain John Wiley's interest in it, and it
went out of print after only 1500 copies were sold. It then
became a cult classic, with a very small :-( but very loyal
:-) following. There is said to be an unauthorized Chinese
translation, and there have been reports that the asking
price in Germany is double the cover price. If you have a
copy of the first edition, take good care of it.
The only new material in the second edition is
contained in the dedication, copyright notice, the Epilog
(Chapter 7). The new copyright notice is much less
restrictive than the previous one. The Epilog contains
reflections on the first edition.
Copies of the two disks that were sold with the first
edition are also included two subdirectories (disk1 and
disk2) under the ada_in_action subdirectory. Since these
disks contain all the listings for the book, the listings
are not duplicated elsewhere.
Ada in Action demonstrates the skills and techniques
that make programmers more productive. Progressing from
simple to more complex examples, this book demonstrates the
proper use of the language.
Ada in Action includes:
Utilities that express floating-point values in fixed-
or floating-point notation, and convert free-form
character input to floating-point values.
Three portable user interfaces that give the
application program complete cursor control, permit
line editing and default responses, and support "help"
Three file utility programs (MORE, WRITE, and LINE)
that demonstrate file I/O and user interface
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