Everything I Know I Learned from Ada

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Everything I Know I Learned from Ada

Grady Booch


I entered the world of Ada at a most impressionable time in my career: I knew enough to be dangerous, but not so much that I was unwilling to try new things. Ada was full of new things that have informed much of what I do today. The role of abstraction, the meaning of beauty in design, the nature of delivering ultra-large software-intensive systems, collaboration across geographic and cultural boundaries, the joys and frustrations of standards building, the process of revolution: these are all things I have learned from Ada. In this presentation, I'll offer some war stories from the past and offer speculation on the future.

last updated 3 November 2011 - cgr