This keyword is used in:
- For loops
- Representation clauses:
- attribute definition clause
- enumeration representation clause
- record representation clause
- at clause (obsolescent)
- Quantified expressions
- Universal quantification
- Existential quantification
Nowadays representation clauses are formally called aspect clauses in the last versions of the Reference Manual due to some technicalities, although representation clauses is the name far more extended among Ada programmers. As a historical note, they were known as representation specifications (rep specs) in pre-Ada 83 proposals.
Where range can be:
- explicit range like "
low .. high",
- range of scalar or array type:
type'Range(n)for multidimensional array types)
- range of an array:
array'Range (or array'Range(n)for multidimensional arrays)
Keyword in may also be followed by an iterable. This generalizes iteration by including types that have one of the interfaces defined in Ada.Iterator_Interfaces. This language feature is only available in Ada 2012.
Another generalized form of looping iteration uses the keyword of in place of in. The loop parameter is then referring to components of arrays or of iterable container types, directly. This language feature is only available in Ada 2012.
Attribute definition clauseEdit
Where attribute can be any specifiable attribute.
Enumeration representation clauseEdit
Record representation clauseEdit
for record type use record component1 at offset range first bit 1 .. last bit 1; component2 at offset range first bit 2 .. last bit 2; ... end record;
At clause (obsolescent)Edit
At clauses are obsolescent since Ada 95:
where address is of the type
This language feature is only available in Ada 2012.
Quantified expressions are Boolean expressions. They are either True or False, or propagate any exception raised during evaluation.
Universal quantification expression:
Both forms evaluate to True when all of the values in range (of iterable) make the predicate yield True. Evaluation of predicate stops when either all values of loop parameter var have been exhausted, or when evaluation for some value yields False (short circuit).
Existential quantification expression:
Both forms evaluate to True when some of the values in range (of iterable) makes the predicate yield True. Evaluation of predicate stops when either all values of loop parameter var have been exhausted, or when evaluation for some value yields True (short circuit).
Ada Reference ManualEdit
- 2.9 Reserved Words (Annotated)
- Annex P (informative) Syntax Summary (Annotated)
- 5.5 Loop Statements (Annotated)
- 13.3 Operational and Representation Attributes (Annotated)
- 13.4 Enumeration Representation Clauses (Annotated)
- 13.5.1 Record Representation Clauses (Annotated)
- Annex J.7 At Clauses (Annotated) (obsolescent)
- 13.5: Address Clauses (obsolescent)
Ada Quality and Style GuideEdit
- John Barnes (2003-03-25). High-Integrity Software — The SPARK Approach to Safety and Security. Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-321-13616-0. http://www.praxis-his.com/sparkada/sparkbook.asp. Retrieved 2008-06-06. "Representation clauses are now strictly known as aspect clauses — the name was changed in the 2000 Corrigendum for Ada 95 for subtle reasons that need not concern us; Ada historians might recall that they were known as representation specifications (rep specs) prior to the ANSI standardization in 1983. These various terminologies are all in use and the reader will encounter them in the literature. (pp.212–213)"