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Ada lives on, and so does the discussion

In April 2008, GCN ran an article, “The return of Ada,” about how the 1970s programming language commissioned by the Defense Department never really caught on, but never really went away either. Ada is still used in aviation software and other circles, where developers tout its security and reliability. But it never saw widespread use because of its difficulty.

The article was posted on Reddit over the weekend, where it drew a lively discussion about Ada and how it compares to other languages, from C and C++ to Haskell, Lisp and Erlang. If coding is your cup of tea, you might want to check it out.

A comment on the story to GCN, meanwhile, disputes the idea that a language can be inherently secure. “Programmers do write bad code in any language,” he writes, although he does say Ada can be used to “generate quite robust, cross-platform reliable code.” Ultimately, though, the degree of difficulty can come into play, apparently. “I'm glad Ada isn't gone,” he concludes, “but I'm glad I'm retired.”

Posted by GCN Staff on Jul 06, 2009 at 9:39 AM


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