Item description for A Review of Ada Tasking (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) by Alan Burns...
Ada* is unquestionably one of the most significant programming languages to emerge in the last decade. The manner of its inception and support by the US Department of Defense (DoD) ensures that it will be used extensively for the indefinite future in programming large and complex systems. The growing availability of compilers means that many organisations are already committed to using the language for sizable and significant applications. As a perhaps inevitable result of its design goals, Ada is a "large" language. It has Pascal-like control and type constructs; a mechanism for exception handling; a package structure for information hiding, decomposition and separate compilation; facilities for low-level programming; and a tasking model of concurrency. It is perhaps this last area that has generated most debate, criticism and disagreement. The purpose of this book is to review the tasking model in the light of the extensive analysis and comment which has appeared in the literature. The review is necessarily wide-ranging, including discussion of - Ada as a general purpose concurrent programming language, - Ada as a language for embedded and distributed systems, - implementation issues, with particular reference to distributed systems, - formal semantics, specification and verification, - proposed language modifications. By consolidating this discussion within the confines of a single review, potential users of the tasking facility are enabled to familiarise themselves with all the factors which may impinge upon the performance, reliability and correctness of their software. The book also provides a focus for any debate on modifications to the Ada language, or developments from it.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 1989
ISBN 3540180087 ISBN13 9783540180081
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More About Alan Burns
Alan Burns is a Professor in Computer Science and the Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of York. His research activities have covered a number of aspects of real-time and safety critical systems including the assessment of languages for use in the real-time safety critical domain, distributed operating systems, the formal specification of scheduling algorithms and implementation strategies, and the design of dependable user interfaces to safety critical applications. His teaching activities include courses in Operating Systems, Scheduling and Real-time Systems. He has authored over 350 papers and reports and 8 books, including Real-time Systems and Programming Languages (3rd Edition) and Concurrency in Ada (2nd Edition).