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Dereference the reference manual

"DEREFERENCE THE REFERENCE MANUAL " Bernar d Brussels Free Universit y Computer Science Laborator y Introductio n Ada programming language represents, till now, the greates t effort made to develop a very powerful programming tool . With the coming of production-quality validated compilers the com puting community will undoubtedly take an interest in the languag e To keep this interest it is necessary to dispose of a knowledg e common base providing programmers with precise answers to thei r day-to-day questions about the language ; this base should be th e Reference Manual . The main purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the hig number of indirect references and inferences needed to reach som informations ; such a situation could substantially restrain th expansion of the language owing to the need of local experts ("Ada guru" ) h e e - The Reference Manua l The underlying objective in the writing of the Reference Manua l was to avoid an excess of technicality that leads to reticence s against the language (like those against Algol 60) . Therefore the Reference Manual is a compromise between precise syn tactic presentation (needed to combine correctly lexical element http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGAda Ada Letters Association for Computing Machinery

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