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Ada Web Server now available for VxWorks RTOS

Posted: 30 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ada web server? real-time operating system?

AdaCore, provider Ada development tools and support services, has just announced the release of Ada Web Server (AWS) for Wind River's VxWorks Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). When utilized in tandem with the GNAT Pro development environment, AWS empowers developers to embed an Ada-based web server within any application, accessible through web browsers.

With AWS for VxWorks, users can connect through a direct TCP/IP link to board-level applications for a number of varied purposes, such as system control, configuration, and/or maintenance. Its two-way interface is both lightweight and flexible.

Previously, AWS was only available on native operating systems, including Windows and Linux. VxWorks is the first RTOS supported by AWS, giving developers a target-independent solution for creating user interfaces for embedded applications. Likewise, ports to additional embedded RTOS platforms are also currently under development.

AdaCore's managing director Cyrille Comar says, "Embedded applications used to be fairly self-contained and autonomous. This picture is changing rapidly, and a growing number now have a connection to the Internet or at least to a company's intranet." He adds, "AWS for VxWorks provides GNAT Pro customers with a very simple and integrated way to implement a user interface to their embedded devices through regular web browsers, bringing the power of modern web technology to the traditional embedded world."

The highlighted features of AWS include: Web Parameters Module for retrieving forms or URL parameters and building an associative table for easy access; Session Server that keeps client data from page to page; SOAP support for developing web services and generating stubs/skeletons from a WSDL document; template parser, allowing the complete separation of Web design from code; HTTPS/SSL, for Secure Sockets based on the OpenSSL library; support for large servers and virtual hosting using dispatchers based on URI request methods or host names; Server Push support; Log Module to keep log file of all resources requested by servers; Support for SOAP, SMTP, POP and LDAP protocols and the AJAX standard; client-side support using client API to retrieve any web page from a web page; high-level services, including directory browser, status page for information, and web page service to build simple static page servers.

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