'Image attribute for any type

Note

Attribute 'Image for any type is supported by

  • GNAT Community Edition 2020 and latter

  • GCC 11

'Image attribute for a value

Since the publication of the Technical Corrigendum 1 in February 2016, the 'Image attribute can now be applied to a value. So instead of My_Type'Image (Value), you can just write Value'Image, as long as the Value is a name. These two statements are equivalent:

Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line (Ada.Text_IO.Page_Length'Image);

Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line
  (Ada.Text_IO.Count'Image (Ada.Text_IO.Page_Length));

'Image attribute for any type

In Ada 2022, you can apply the 'Image attribute to any type, including records, arrays, access types, and private types. Let's see how this works. We'll define array, record, and access types and corresponding objects and then convert these objects to strings and print them:

    
    
        
pragma Ada_2022; with Ada.Text_IO; procedure Main is type Vector is array (Positive range <>) of Integer; V1 : aliased Vector := (1, 2, 3); type Text_Position is record Line, Column : Positive; end record; Pos : constant Text_Position := (Line => 10, Column => 3); type Vector_Access is access all Vector; V1_Ptr : constant Vector_Access := V1'Access; begin Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line (V1'Image); Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line (Pos'Image); Ada.Text_IO.New_Line; Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line (V1_Ptr'Image); end Main;
$ gprbuild -q -P main.gpr
  Build completed successfully.
$ ./main
  [ 1,  2,  3]
  (LINE =>  10,
   COLUMN =>  3)
  (access 7fff64b23988)

Note the square brackets in the array image output. In Ada 2022, array aggregates could be written this way!

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