1. Welcome to the GNAT Programming StudioΒΆ

GPS is a complete integrated development environment. It integrates with a wide range of tools, providing easy access to each. It integrates especially well with AdaCore’s tools but can easily be extended to work with other tools by writing small plugins in Python.

Here is a summary of the features of the GNAT Programming Studio:

  • Multiple Document Interface

    GPS uses a multiple document interface, allowing you to organize windows the way you want and organize your desktop by floating them to other screens or dragging them to any location. (GPS restores the desktop the next time it is restarted.)

  • Built-in editor (Editing Files)

    Fully customizable editor with syntax highlighting, smart completion of text, multiple views of the same file, automatic indentation, block-level navigation, support for Emacs key bindings, code folding, refactoring, visual comparison of files, and alias expansion, among other features.

  • Support for compile/build/run cycle (Compilation/Build)

    Any compiler called by a command line can be integrated in GPS, with built in support for GNAT, gcc, and make. You can easily navigate through error messages, and automatic code fixing is provided for many common errors. GPS includes support for cross-compilers (running compilers on a different machine than the one on which GPS is running).

  • Project management (Project Handling)

    You can use project files (editable either graphically or manually) to describe attributes of a project, including the location of sources, their naming schemes, and how they should be built. GPS provides a graphical browser to analyze both dependencies between your projects and between sources within your projects.

  • Integration with various Version Control System

    CVS, subversion, git, and ClearCase are supported out of the box. You can add support for others by customizing some XML plugins.

  • Intelligent Source Navigation

    By leveraging information provided by the compilers and using its own parsers, GPS allows you to find program information such as the declaration of entities and their references, that would otherwise be hard to locate. It also provides advanced capabilities such as call graphs and UML-like entity browsers.

  • Full debugger integration (Debugging)

    GPS fully integrates with gdb and provides multiple graphical views to monitor the state of your application, including a call stack, a visual display for the values of the variables, and a breakpoint editor.

  • Integration with code analysis tools (Tools)

    GPS integrates tightly with various command-line tools such as gcov and GNATcoverage (for the coverage of your code) and CodePeer and Spark (to analyze your code). In most cases, it provides graphical rendering of their output, often integrated with the editor itself so the information is available where and when you need it.

  • Fully customizable (Customizing and Extending GPS)

    GPS provides an extensive Python API, allowing you to customize existing features or easily develop your own new plugins. Simpler customization can be done through the numerous preferences and local settings.