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Ada is a structured, statically typed, imperative, wide-spectrum, and object-oriented high-level computer programming language extended from Pascal and other languages, originally designed by a team led by Jean Ichbiah of CII Honeywell Bull from 1977 to 1983.


  • When Roman engineers built a bridge, they had to stand under it while the first legion marched across. If programmers today worked under similar ground rules, they might well find themselves getting much more interested in Ada!
  • C treats you like a consenting adult. Pascal treats you like a naughty child. Ada treats you like a criminal.
    • Bruce Powel Douglass (1998) quoted in: Bo I. Sandén (2011) Design of Multithreaded Software: The Entity-Life Modeling Approach.
  • For none of the evidence we have so far can inspire confidence that this language has avoided any of the problems that have afflicted other complex language projects of the past.... It is not too late! I believe that by careful pruning of the ADA language, it is still possible to select a very powerful subset that would be reliable and efficient in implementation and safe and economic in use.
  • If you're masochistic enough to program in Ada, we're not going to stop you.
    • Matt Welsh; Cited in: Daniel A. Tauber (1995) The complete Linux kit. p. 132.

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