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Implement the Microsoft Debug Adapter Protocol in GNAT Studio

Paris, France
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Implement the Microsoft Debug Adapter Protocol in GNAT Studio


GNAT Studio is a multi-language IDE with advanced support out-of-the-box for Ada, SPARK, C, C++ and Python. Debugging support is also provided via our GDB integration but is pretty hard to maintain. Also, adding support for other debuggers demands a huge amount of time with our current software architecture.

To overcome this kind of problems, Microsoft has come up with a solution called Debug Adapter Protocol (DAP). The idea behind the Debug Adapter Protocol is to abstract the way how the debugging support of IDEs communicates with debuggers or runtimes into a protocol (more info can be found here: This allows to standardize the communication between IDEs and debuggers, allowing to add support for new debuggers pretty easily.


The subject of this internship is to provide a design and a prototype implementation of the Debug Adapter Protocol inside GNAT Studio. This will allow GNAT Studio to support other debuggers in the future (e.g: LLDB) and may also allow us to replace the current GDB integration.


Skills required: This internship demands a good ability to design a proper software architecture. Good programming skills in a high-level language (e.g. Ada or C++) are also required.


Timeframe and location: 

The internship will take place in the offices of AdaCore in Paris, France. A 6 months period would be ideal for this internship.

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