Accession Number:

ADA242525

Title:

Ada Quality and Style: Guidelines for Professional Programmers

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

SOFTWARE PRODUCTIVITY CONSORTIUM HERNDON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

198.0

Abstract:

This book is intended to help the computer professional produce better Ada programs. It presents a set of specific guidelines for using the powerful features of Ada in a disciplined manner. Each guideline consists of a concise statement of the principles that should be followed, and a rationale explaining why following the guideline is important. In most cases, an example of the use of the guideline is provided, and in some cases a further example is included showing the consequences of violating the guideline. Possible exceptions to the application of the guideline are explicitly noted, and further explanatory notes, including notes on how the guideline could be automated by a tool, are provided where appropriate. Many of the guidelines are specific enough to be adopted as corporate or project programming standards. Others require a managerial decision on a particular instantiation before they can be used as standards. In such cases, a sample instantiation is presented and used throughout the examples. Such instantiations should be recognized as weaker recommendations than the guidelines themselves. These issues are discussed in Section 1.4 of this introduction. Other sections of the introduction discuss how this book should be used by various categories of software development personnel.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE