Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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RE[4]: Darn!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 21st Jun 2012 16:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Darn!"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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Ada is one of those design by committee languages like COBOL, only worse because it was the US Government that did it. Its designed to be a highly reliable systems language. For decades, the Airplane control systems in the US were written in Ada. If you are familiar with Pascal, its very close.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_%28programming_language%29

The version we used at school didn't have dynamic input support. So command line programs written by students were often worded strangely like:

Please enter your name, padding it with spaces to 20 characters.

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