Conference announcements

Ada-Belgium Spring 2012 Event

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 12:00-19:00
Wavre area, south of Brussels, Belgium

including at 15:00
2012 Ada-Belgium General Assembly
and at 15:45
Ada Workshop


The next Ada-Belgium event will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in the Wavre area, south of Brussels.

For the fifth year in a row, Ada-Belgium decided to organize their "Spring Event", which starts at noon, runs until 7pm, and includes an informal barbecue, a key signing party, the 19th General Assembly of the organization, and a two-part workshop consisting of a recorded presentation by Robert Dewar on Ada, and practical hands-on experience on packaging Ada software for Debian with Ludovic Brenta, principal maintainer of Ada in Debian.

This page gives an overview of all relevant information. Announcements that were distributed to mailing lists and newsgroups are also available on the separate Ada-Belgium Spring 2012 Event Announcements page.



Everyone interested (members and non-members alike) is welcome at any or all parts of this event.

For practical reasons registration is required. If you would like to attend, please send an email before Wednesday, May 9, 20:00, to Dirk Craeynest <> with the subject "Ada-Belgium Spring 2012 Event", so you can get precise directions to the place of the meeting.

If you are a member but have not renewed your affiliation yet, please do so by paying the appropriate fee before the General Assembly (you have also received a printed request via normal mail). If you are interested to become a new member, please register by filling out the 2012 membership application form and by paying the appropriate fee before the General Assembly.
After payment you will receive a receipt from our treasurer and you are considered a member of the organization for the year 2012 with all member benefits. Early renewal ensures you receive the full Ada-Belgium membership benefits (including the Ada-Europe indirect membership benefits package).

As mentioned at earlier occasions, we have a limited stock of documentation sets and Ada related CD-ROMs that were distributed at previous events. Most important are back issues of the Ada User Journal. These will be available on a first-come first-serve basis at the General Assembly for current and new members.

Informal barbecue

The organization will provide food and beverage to all Ada-Belgium members. Non-members who want to participate at the barbecue are also welcome: they can choose to join the organization or pay the sum of 15 Euros per person to the Treasurer of the organization.

General Assembly

All Ada-Belgium members have a vote at the General Assembly, can add items to the agenda, and can be a candidate for a position on the Board. See the separate official convocation for all details.

Key Signing Party

Wouldn't it be nice if a majority of people used GPG to sign their email every day so that you could send all non-signed email into the spam bin? To make that dream come true, please join and expand the global Web of Trust!

What you should bring with you:

What you will go home with:

Ada Workshop

This year, we plan a two-part workshop. First of all, we'll watch a recording of one of Robert Dewar's presentations on Ada. This should give everyone present, whether "old dinosaurs" or "new afficionados", valuable background information on the language and its evolution.

Afterwards, those interested can get practical information and hands-on experience on "Packaging Ada Software for Debian".

Debian, "The Universal Operating System", is simply the best platform for the enthusiast Ada developer. The features that distinguish Debian from the rest are:

The goal of the workshop is to help people participate in this effort to bring even more Ada software to Debian, or to help maintain the existing packages.

What you should bring with you:

Note 1: if your computer does not run Debian as its main operating system, you can install Debian in a virtual machine (VMWare or other), in a jail on a FreeBSD system (Debian kfreebsd-i386), or in a chroot on any other distribution. Danny Beullens will offer help and assistance to those who would like to install Debian in a VMWare virtual machine.

Note 2: if you would like to install Debian as your main operating system but are uncomfortable doing so by yourself, please get in touch with your nearest Linux User Group (e.g. in Brussels).

What Ludovic Brenta will do for you:

What you will go home with:


To permit this more interactive and social format, the event takes place at private premises in the Wavre area, south of Brussels. As instructed above, please inform us by e-mail if you would like to attend, and we'll provide you precise directions to the place of the meeting. Obviously, the number of participants we can accommodate is not unlimited, so don't delay...

Looking forward to meet many of you!

Dirk Craeynest
President Ada-Belgium


We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support of our activities: AdaCore, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), and Université Libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.).

[AdaCore] [KU Leuven] [U.L.B.]

Information on this and other Ada-Belgium events is available on the Internet at the Ada-Belgium World-Wide-Web pages and is updated regularly. Check out URL

[Ada-Belgium] To the Ada-Belgium home page.

Last update: 2012/05/06.

Dirk Craeynest