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ADT Project Announced

The Ada Development Tools (ADT) project has been announced. This is great for those old school Ada developers who want to relive the glory 🙂 I’m not sure who is more annoying, Ada or Smalltalk developers when it comes to declaring the greatest language in existence 🙂

Jokes aside, this is just another interesting community that Eclipse is starting work its way into. When I was at NASA GSFC for a brief time, I actually saw Ada live in action. Ada has a strong presence inside governmental areas and it’ll be good to see another group of people smile when they have Eclipse-based tools helping with their day jobs.

  • Jonathan O’Connor, Ireland

    Chris,
    I learnt Ada in 1982. Our lecturer, Hans Jurgen Kugler, told us we were the first undergraduate class in the world to study the language.

    To compile code, we used to send it to a batch queue, where it got sent to some computer in a New York university, that could do a syntax check. We picked up the results the following day. If you submitted more than a couple of hundred lines of code, then the NY machine gave up with out of memory errors.

    As far as I remember, we never were able to run any code, and all I remember of the language was that it had a big complex type system.

    Yesterday, during a big clear out, I spotted my old Ada Reference Manual. A great book. I must download this Ada plugin, and try out some code. It’ll be nice seeing what really happens.

  • Jonathan O’Connor, Ireland

    Chris,I learnt Ada in 1982. Our lecturer, Hans Jurgen Kugler, told us we were the first undergraduate class in the world to study the language.To compile code, we used to send it to a batch queue, where it got sent to some computer in a New York university, that could do a syntax check. We picked up the results the following day. If you submitted more than a couple of hundred lines of code, then the NY machine gave up with out of memory errors.As far as I remember, we never were able to run any code, and all I remember of the language was that it had a big complex type system.Yesterday, during a big clear out, I spotted my old Ada Reference Manual. A great book. I must download this Ada plugin, and try out some code. It’ll be nice seeing what really happens.

  • Simon Archer

    I have happy memories of programming in Ada back in 1989 while at university in England. Ada is so strongly typed, and so fussy about safety that I remember many students having a difficult time getting anything to compile. But once compiled, Ada programs ran flawlessly.

    Believe it or not, the Ada programming language actually helps you write correct code, not just code that can compile. This is because it was designed for building safe applications for the military.

    I guess I learned a lot from Ada. So you now know who to blame for all those bug reports. Oh, and everything else I learned from Smalltalk.

  • Simon Archer

    I have happy memories of programming in Ada back in 1989 while at university in England. Ada is so strongly typed, and so fussy about safety that I remember many students having a difficult time getting anything to compile. But once compiled, Ada programs ran flawlessly.Believe it or not, the Ada programming language actually helps you write correct code, not just code that can compile. This is because it was designed for building safe applications for the military.I guess I learned a lot from Ada. So you now know who to blame for all those bug reports. Oh, and everything else I learned from Smalltalk.