Ada is a very expressive and robust programming language, chosen for applications where failure would result in catastrophic losses in terms of human life, economic damage, or major breach of security. Ada-Switzerland is a non-profit organization which promotes the use of Ada in Switzerland.
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March 2022

Ada Switzerland 2022 General Assembly


We plan to hold the 2022 General Assembly physically in Winterthur sometime in March. This, of course, is dependent on the actual COVID-19 situation. We will update this announcement when the date and location have been decided.

14-17 June 2022

26th International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies

Ghent, Belgium

The next Ada-Europe Conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium. For details on the program, venue, and registration, please head over to the AEiC 2022 website.

Ada has a long and successful track record in Switzerland in the development of mission-, safety-, and security-critical applications. A sample of some Swiss-based projects that owe much of their success to Ada are illustrated in the following slideshow images.

Ada-Switzerland is a non-profit organization and a member of Ada-Europe. It acts as a forum for persons and parties interested in the Ada programming language, its applications, and related technologies such as software engineering methods, development tools and bindings. The group promotes contacts and information among its members and interested parties. We organize meetings, seminars, conferences, and other activities related to our mandate which is to promote the use of the Ada programming language in Switzerland.


We currently offer two kinds of membership:
  1. Ada-Switzerland plus Ada-Europe membership for CHF 70 per year.
  2. Ada-Switzerland alone without Ada-Europe membership for CHF 20 per year.

Membership lasts from January 1st to December 31st.

If you wish to apply please contact us and provide the following details:

  • first name, last name
  • address
  • phone number
  • whether or not you want to become Ada-Europe member as well
The membership fees should be transferred to our PostFinance account 85-356348-7. Electronic payment is preferred.

Please not that in order to become a member of Ada-Switzerland you have to have an address in Switzerland. If you live outside of Switzerland and want to be part of the Ada community you should definitely have a look at the official list of national Ada organizations or contact the General Secretary.

At the 2017 general assembly it was decided that we would organize a networking event for Ada users in Switzerland where people could present aspects of their projects. The first event took place on 21 September 2017 at the HSR Rapperswil. We had six very interesting presentations of about 30 min each, followed by an Ápero, which was kindly sponsored by Paranor. 18 people attended the event. The detailed program, presentations, and a link to our sponsor's website can be found below.

Astronomical Ada Ahlan Marriott & Urs Maurer, White Elephant GmbH
A common time base for parallel jobs in a distributed and embedded real-time system Peter Vogelsanger, Rheinmetall Air Defence AG
Muen ‐ An x86/64 Separation Kernel for High Assurance Reto Bürki & Adrian-Ken Rüegsegger, HSR Rapperswil
TKM ‐ An IKEv2 Key Manager written in Ada 2012 Reto Bürki & Adrian-Ken Rüegsegger, HSR Rapperswil
Recent developments in Zip-Ada, Part 1 (Overview, Deflate) Gautier de Montmollin
Recent developments in Zip-Ada, Part 2 (LZMA) Gautier de Montmollin


Ada is an expressive and robust language in which the default for every programming construct is inherently safe. It was designed to allow programs to be engineered rather than crafted and that is why Ada is chosen for applications where failure would result in catastrophic losses in terms of human life, economic damage, or a major breach of security. Ada 2012, the latest revision, brought design by contract and support for multicore platforms to the language.

Learning Ada

A brief introduction to Ada using small examples to explain the basics.

Ada Programming is a comprehensive 200-page Wikibooks project that covers the Ada 2012 standard.

AdaCore University is a dedicated e-learning center to teach the Ada language and the use of related technologies.

Language Documentation

Ada 2012 Reference Manual, the official ISO/IEC 8652:2012(E) standard.

The Ada 2012 Rationale describes the new features in Ada 2012 and gives reasons for the changes from Ada 2005.
Note: Important corrections to the published version of the Rationale are available here.

Journals and Technical Papers

Ada User Journal Archive

AdaCore has an excellent selection of technical papers.

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Members of the Board

The current board was elected on the meeting of 15 March 2018.


Ahlan Marriott
White Elephant GmbH
Beckengässchen 1
8200 Schaffhausen
Phone: +41 (0)52 624 29 39


David Mirfin
Les Savounettes A46
Route de la Jorette 11
1899 Torgon


Marcel Schneider
Oerlikonerstrasse 31
8057 Zurich