·V I S U A L A D A D E V E L O P E R (VAD)
Vad is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it without restriction.
VAD is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty
of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
VAD 3.1 Common description.
1. VAD ( Visual Ada Developer ) is a tcl/tk oriented Ada-95 GUI builder
which portable to difference platforms, such as Windows NT/9x,Unix(Linux),
Mac and OS/2.
2. used software
GNAT 3.11 Ada-95 compiler ftp://cs.nyu.edu/pub/gnat
TCL/TK 8.0.5 http://www.scriptics.com/software
TASH 8.02 by Terry J. Westley http://tash.calspan.com/
IMG1.2 package ftp://ftp.neosoft.com/pub/tcl/sorted/packages-8.0/graphics/Img/1.2/img12b1.exe
by Jan Nijtmans <Jan.Nijtmans@wxs.nl>.
TkPaint a simple Image Editor http://www.netanya.ac.il/~samy/tkpaint.html
RAPID-1 By Martin Carlisle
BWIDGETS 1.2 tk extension http://www.unifix-online.com/BWidget
McListbox,mcombobox by Bryan Oakley <email@example.com>
FTP_library by Stefen Traeger <Steffen.Traeger@t-online.de>
CSH library by Mohamed Baccar
Snack 1.6 multimedia by Kare Sjolander
VAD generates and uses *.gui file in text format for abstract
widgets descriptions. This file has a simple format and may be corrected
manually. Program Adabuild generates Ada sources and tcl test script from it.
Command format is : adabuild <project name>[.gui]
VAD (Adabuild) generates next files :
<project name>.adb - main ada program
<project name>init.ads - initialized gui package
<project name>event.ads - Event handlers package
<project name>event.adb ( empty functions for events).
<project name>.tcl - TCL script for quick check.
VAD need system variable VAD_HOME
for example : SET VAD_HOME=C:\VAD3.1
New project you may write with full path
for example : d:\fly\report
TCL/TK is a script language and it has many difference forms to
For widget placing I use disp (layout) property with follow means:
and manager property for tcl script building
For example for placing widget .w.b in pack layout need to write
manager:.w.b -side top
If you want to pack several widgets in one pack (for example 3)
look at packbuton.gui sample.
In addcreate property you may write all addition information for widget creation.
I tried to write online help for many of used properties and simple
samples. More complex sample is FTP ( 70 widgets).
Unfortunately , if script has mistakes system generates EXCEPTION
and abnormal ended, but VAD tries to create ABEND.GUI file with
all entering widgets ( without last) and exception information in vad.prn
You may save building project part and continue work in VAD.
Some changing in widgets you may see immediately (I recommend to save
information before property/event switching by click Add Widget/Correct Widget button)
, but global changing you may see only after REDRAW ( menu TEST) execution.
HELP menu allows by internal HTML viewer ( I use HTML_LIBRARY package from sun)
This is a version 3.1(beta) and it contains some bugs, but
I hope it will useful for Ada programmers and easy in work. This is
an effective way to build gui oriented system independent applications in pure ADA-95.
VAD 3.1 supports many of image formats such as
BMP, XBM, XPM, GIF (with transparency), PNG, JPEG, TIFF and
postscript. I use Img1.2 package
For formats difference from xbm and gif you may used jpeg image type.
A simple free Image editor TKpaint (with little changing ) by Samy Zafrany
An Adasource from image generator from RAPID by Martin C. Carlisle and Patrick Maes.
1. Base TCL/TK widgets
toplevel frame button radiobutton checkbutton menubutton label entry
listbox canvas message menu item scrollbox scale text
Button Label Entry ListBox
ArrowButton ProgressBar MainFrame LabelFrame LabelEntry TitleFrame
Dialog ScrolledWindow PanedWindow ButtonBox NoteBook (Page) SpinBox
Tree MessageDlg ProgressDlg ScrollableFrame ScrollView PagesManager
3. Widgets from Bryan Oakley
4. Direct executable Tcl script
I am ready for any form of cooperation and thanks for any help.