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    nature: procedural language

    history: Originally intended by the U.S. military as a unified language for embedded systems, government bureaucrats attempted to make it an all-purpose language.

    Ada was first released in 1983 (ADA 83), with major releases in 1995 (ADA 95) and 2005 (ADA 2005). Ada was created by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), originally intended for embedded systems and later intended for all military computing purposes.

    Ada is named for Augusta Ada King, the Countess of Lovelace, the first computer programmer in modern times.

    “Ada is a computer language. It was the result of the efforts of numerous people, four of whom stand out: Jean D. Ichbiah, William E. Carlson, David Fisher, and William A. Whitaker. Together they recognized the need for a common computer language for the U.S. Department of Defense, to replace the over 400 different computer languages and dialects previously in use there, and worked to develop this single one. Ada is a powerful language, allowing types, subprograms, input-output facilities for numerous devices, parallel processing, exception handling, and many other functions. Please note that it is named for Countess Augusta Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, and is therefore not an acronym.” —Language Finger, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana.

Hello World example

with Ada.Text_IO;
use Ada.Text_IO;

procedure HelloWorld is
   Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line("Hello World");
end HelloWorld;


    format: free form; block structured

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    Ada As a Second Language; 2nd edition; McGraw-Hill Series in Computer Science; by Norman H. Cohen; McGraw Hill Text; January 1996; ISBN 0070116075; paperback; 1,133 pages; $78.40

    Ada 95: Problem Solving and Program Design; 2nd edition; by Michael B. Feldman, Elliot B. Koffman; Addison-Wesley Pub Co; February 1997; ISBN 0201304856; paperback (with CD-ROM); 814 pages; $46.95

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