Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jun 2008 09:14 UTC, submitted by fairynomo
General Development Computerworld is undertaking a series of investigations into the most widely-used programming languages. Previously they have spoken to Alfred v. Aho of AWK fame, and Chet Ramey about his experience maintaining Bash. In this article, they chat with S. Tucker Taft, Chairman and CTO of SofCheck. Taft has been heavily involved in the Ada 1995 and 2005 revisions, and still works with the language today as both a designer and user. Computerworld spoke to Taft to learn more about the development and maintenance of Ada.
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Everything *and* the kitchen sink
by bousozoku on Wed 4th Jun 2008 15:10 UTC
bousozoku
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2006-01-23

Ada, like PL/I has the distinction of having practically everything you could ever want in a language and a lot more. Somehow, I think that people assume bloated or too generalised (although Ada was rather targeted) and they automatically avoid such languages.

Of course, being tied to the U.S. Department of Defense originally, polarised people immediately.

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qunying Member since:
2008-06-04

I think the lack of a reasonable price compiler is the main reason that Ada failed to catch the audience on the late 80s and 90s. If there were a Turbo Pascal like Turbo Ada at that time, it would be at a much better position now.

We have GNAT from FSF and Ada Core now at least.

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