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Cover; click to enlarge Rationale for the Design of the Ada Programming Language
by Ichbiah, Barnes, Firth, and Woodger
ISBN 0-9615336-5-X
390 pages, Paperback
$39.95 (US Dollars)

This book is a unique document; this is the first time a complete rationale for the design of a major language has been given. The Ada Rationale is a book that will be invaluable to all students of programming language design, compiler writers and for professionals, especially Ada professionals.


  • Introduction and Preface
  • Lexical and Textual Structure
  • Classical Programming
  • Types
  • Numeric Types
  • Access Types
  • Derived Types
  • Subprograms
  • Packages
  • Separate Compilation and Libraries
  • Visibility and Overloading
  • Generic Units
  • Tasking
  • Exception Handling
  • Representation Clauses and Machine Dependencies
  • Input-Output
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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