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5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to read all the way through
This is a book with many uses. It has been used for conversion by others with a C++ background; in my case the background was Ada 83 (the previous standard) plus some C/C++. I found myself able to read straight through it, rare for a technical work. It is not as comprehensive as Norm Cohen's Ada As A Second Language (McGraw-Hill Series in Computer Science) (also...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointingly basic introduction to Ada.
I have found little in this book to encourage me to recommend it to anyone. Of course, being a thin book (~350 pages) there isn't actually a lot _in_ the book. If you are used to writing simple C or C++ programs and now want to start writing simple Ada programs, then this book is for you.
If you count yourself among those likely to want to use the more advanced...
Published on 21 July 1999


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2.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointingly basic introduction to Ada., 21 July 1999
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This review is from: Ada 95 for C and C++ Programmers (International Computer Science Series) (Paperback)
I have found little in this book to encourage me to recommend it to anyone. Of course, being a thin book (~350 pages) there isn't actually a lot _in_ the book. If you are used to writing simple C or C++ programs and now want to start writing simple Ada programs, then this book is for you.
If you count yourself among those likely to want to use the more advanced features of ada, or are able to use the advanced features of C/C++, then you're unlikely to find a lot of useful information here. Even some of the basic informtion is obscured by a very scanty index that doesn't really do the job of an index at all.
I thought the advantage of a book aimed at C/C++ programmers would be that one could easily convert C/C++ ideas and concepts into Ada. Unfortunately this is only true for the elementary parts of the language.
This book skims the surface of Ada95 and often doesn't give you the information you need to complete a programming task.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to read all the way through, 24 Jan 2011
This review is from: Ada 95 for C and C++ Programmers (International Computer Science Series) (Paperback)
This is a book with many uses. It has been used for conversion by others with a C++ background; in my case the background was Ada 83 (the previous standard) plus some C/C++. I found myself able to read straight through it, rare for a technical work. It is not as comprehensive as Norm Cohen's Ada As A Second Language (McGraw-Hill Series in Computer Science) (also recommended), but that large and very detailed volume is really more for reference.

The first part (7 chapters) concerns the Ada 95 core language, and illustrates its use with an ongoing example that is, unusually, a Point-of-Sale system. The second part contains two chapters: one, extremely useful, on the use of Ada standard libraries for C++ programmers, and the other on the language annexes.

Ada 95 was a major improvement over Ada 83, particularly in Object-Oriented Programming. The book shows that it compares quite favourably with C++. I found the book a great help (especially the I/O sections) in converting a C utility of a few hundred lines into Ada.

Note. The author's name is Simon Johnston, not Olivia Johnston as Amazon currently has it.
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