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Re: Whatever happened to Ada?

by vladb (Vicar)
on May 14, 2003 at 20:40 UTC ( #258248=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Whatever happened to Ada?

To begin, Ada has not failed. Nor did the punch cards. They all have played an integral part in the evolution of other programming languages that followed. I haven't spent a lot of my time digging up history on this subject, but I'd imagine Ada, being probably one of the earliest programming languages, has succeeded in as much as it essentially established the roots of modern computational science.

You can learn considerably more about Ada here. I'm confidant that after a little bit of digging, you'll discover that Ada had very little to do with 'failure', afterall :)

update: Well, what I meant by 'not failed' assertion is that Ada has left it's mark in the field of computing science. I'm sure even Larry himself might have borrowed the better parts of it when designing Perl.

Now, when it comes to such things as web development, OOP, and modern systems development, I am not very knowledgable when it comes to Ada. From what little experience I have programming, I'm comfortable with Delphi, VB, VC++, Java, and Perl among a few other languages. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to learn much Ada. Coming to think of it, being a part of a larger community (of programmers), I might have contributed (at least a little) to the current 'pitiful' state of Ada by simply not picking up a book or two years back when I still had the time and energy to master new languages ;)

update: Abigail-II, I stand corrected and even a bit embarrassed for the grossly inacurate statement; I must have been drinking extra strong coffee at the time of the writing of my first post (or thinking of both the legacy of Ada Byron's first 'programming language' and the naming of a modern language in her honour all at the same time) ;-)

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the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."

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Re: Whatever happened to Ada?
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on May 14, 2003 at 23:06 UTC
    Ada the first programming language? Where did you get that idea from? Ada is relatively modern, designed in the second half of the 70's. It's younger than C.

    You are right that Larry borrowed things from Ada. Perhaps the best known is elsif.


      You are right that Larry borrowed things from Ada. Perhaps the best known is elsif.

      Some of the other borrowed artifacts are package, underscores in numbers 10_000 and (I think) the rarely used apostrophe as a package separator, D'oh.


Re: Re: Whatever happened to Ada?
by Anonymous Monk on May 14, 2003 at 22:08 UTC
    What do you mean it hasn't failed?
    You show a web-site dedicated to Ada ... so what?
    I can find web-sites dedicated to Latin.
    You know ... the stereotype of dead languages.
    Try searching on dice or monster for Ada jobs.
    You will see that Ada is a dead language. Maybe except
    for PL/SQL except maybe that PL/SQL is a sibling of Ada
    Both being children of APL.

    I work at a place where the "technical lead" brags about translating code
    written in Ada to Visual C++ and then taking credit for implementing everthing
    else in PL/SQL!
      A Latin Bore Writes

      "It's not dead - it's just resting..." Actually, Latin is being revived in many schools now, both as a means of teaching grammar, and as a common 'root' language, providing a good springboard for the learning of many others. Not sure about an Ada renaissance though - it always sounded a bit military to me...:)


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