Program for Tuesday, 12 February 2002

Our Next Joint Meeting with the Baltimore SIGAda Chapter
is scheduled for
Tuesday, 12 February 2002 at 7:30 P.M.
Rush Kester et al
will be speaking on
Fun With Ada
at the Baltimore SIGAda Venue
(Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland)
for a joint meeting with the Baltimore SIGAda Chapter


To Members and Friends of DC SIGAda

Next Meeting:

Our Next Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 12 February 2002, as a Joint Meeting of the Baltimore and DC SIGAda Chapters. Rush Kester et al will be speaking on Fun With Ada

The presentation will start at 7:30 P.M. (Refreshments and Social at 7:00 P.M.) at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland

Munchies and soft drinks will be served at 7:00 PM, the general meeting will start at 7:30 PM, followed by the program.

Abstract: Fun With Ada

Many individuals believe that Ada is only for DoD applications and is hard to learn. Those who attend this meeting may find those beliefs challenged. This meeting will feature a variety of short presentations designed to give the audience an overview of a variety of fun and interesting application in which the Ada programming language is being used.

Much of the material for this program is derived from the ongoing "Fun with Ada" project. The project uses fun/affordable stuff like LEGO Mindstorms robots, model trains, games, RC cars, etc. to get high school students interested in Software Engineering in particular "Real-Time Software Engineering." See the website at: http://www.adapower.com/lab/adafun.html

We are planning a special joint meeting of the Baltimore Chapter of ACM SIGAda on Feb. 12 which will feature a number of short presentations from various individuals who are doing fun and interesting stuff Software Engineering things with computer software most written by members of ACM members.

Program Coordinator: Rush Kester

Rush Kester is a Software Systems Engineer with AdaSoft currently working on contract at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Mr. Kester started out as a computer operator part-time while going to high school and college. Part-way through his undergraduate years Mr. Kester got a job as a programmer with the University of Maryland. After graduation Mr. Kester became a systems programmer. When he left the university, Mr. Kester moved into aerospace applications development. In addition to aerospace, he has worked in the software research & tools, database applications, and intelligence industries.

Mr. Kester has designed and developed systems in many languages including: Ada, Basic, C/C++, COBOL, Fortran, Pascal. As time goes on, I spend less time programming and more time defining the system architecture and assuring that systems meets their requirements. Mr. Kester is a volunteer webmaster for several community organizations. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM. has been very active with the local DC and Baltimore chapters of the Special Interest Group associated with the Ada programming language (SIGAda). He may be contacted at:

Rush Kester
President Baltimore SIGAda Chapter
Software Systems Engineer
AdaSoft at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab / A1F
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099
voice 240-228-3030

Directions From Washington, DC

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), Take the I-95 North exit;
10 miles to Columbia exit (MD Rte. 32 West);
2.5 miles to Washington, DC, exit (U.S. Rte. 29 S);
1.5 miles to Johns Hopkins Rd.;
Turn right at traffic light;
APL is located to the right, just past the service station;
Turn right at the sign: "Building 1 Visitor Parking";
Use Building 1 entrance near the flag-pole; The meeting is in the cafeteria.

Detailed Directions and Maps are available at: http://www.acm.org/sigada/locals/dc/Directions_JHU_APL.html

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Jeff Castellow, Chair, DC SIGAda

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updated 23 January 2002