Ada - is it a success?

Ian Wand

(University of York)

The Ada programming language has been in use for 12 years and a major revision of the language, now called Ada 95, was adopted as a new international standard on 15 February 1995. There have been a number of accounts of the use of Ada (83) in a variety of applications but little has been revealed about the construction, performance and correctness of Ada compilers. We will discuss two issues: (a) the proand efficient compiler (based on experience from the York Ada compiler project), and (b) the lessons learned from the use of Ada and how they have influenced the language revision process.

We conclude by evaluating the impact that Ada has made on the software engineering process. Are programming language issues as important today as they were perceived to be in the 70s and 80s? Indeed, was Ada a 'red herring'?
Thursday 22nd February 1996, 14:30
Seminar Room 322
Department of Computer Science