From Strawman to Ada 2005: a Socio-Technical Retrospective
SIGAda 2008
From Strawman to Ada 2005: a Socio-Technical Retrospective

Ben Brosgol

Abstract

The evolution of the Ada language was unique in many ways. This presentation will reexamine Ada history with the benefit of hindsight and assess some of the key decisions that shaped the eventual product. It will discuss the requirements documents (Strawman and its successors) that laid the foundations for the entire effort, the four proposals in the design competition (the Green, Red, Blue and Yellow languages), and the development and usage of the three versions of the language standard (Ada 83, Ada 95, and Ada 2005). It will look at events from three perspectives: technical ("product"), political ("process", "policy") and psychological ("people"). In short, how did we get here, what lessons did we learn, and what are Ada's prospects for the future?


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