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Comments, Queries, and Debate: Ada's First Stirring

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129588D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

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Software Patent Institute

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Herbert R. J. Grosch: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

37, ru du village 1295 Mies (D) Switzerland The public history of the Ada language started in the spring of 1976 with several U.S. Defense Department initializing meetings. I described the West Coast meeting in the Black Hal; White Hat column of Computerworld of 3 May 1976: [Figure containing following caption omitted: ... singing the siren song of better procurement, better utilization, shared effort, and (you guessed it!) software standards was Jacques Gansler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Materiel Acquisition) ... The song was sweet, the audience attentive; to somewhat paraphrase the old saw, contracts make a ready man. And the rustle of study money was audible on the dais several times.] Then Barry de Roze listed some of the languages in which Defense Department embedded software was written, first stating the number of such languages: [Figure containing following caption omitted: ";Nine."; Nine! NINE? 'Well, that's tentative,"; said de Roze and listed three or four [different] JOVIALS, a FORTRAN, a COBOL ... the rationale was obvious. If you have an operational weapon, a ";battlefield"; artifact, with hundreds of thousands of lines of integral software, being upgraded and simplified and expanded and validated in some obscure Munchkin dialect, that language must survive.]

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Comments, Queries, and Debate: Ada's First Stirring

Herbert R. J. Grosch

37, ru du village 1295 Mies (D) Switzerland

The public history of the Ada language started in the spring of 1976 with several U.S. Defense Department initializing meetings. I described the West Coast meeting in the Black Hal; White Hat column of Computerworld of 3 May 1976:

(Image Omitted: ... singing the siren song of better procurement, better utilization, shared effort, and (you guessed it!) software standards was Jacques Gansler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Materiel Acquisition) ... The song was sweet, the audience attentive; to somewhat paraphrase the old saw, contracts make a ready man. And the rustle of study money was audible on the dais several times.)

Then Barry de Roze listed some of the languages in which Defense Department embedded software was written, first stating the number of such languages:

(Image Omitted: "Nine." Nine! NINE? 'Well, that's tentative," said de Roze and listed three or four [different] JOVIALS, a FORTRAN, a COBOL ... the rationale was obvious. If you have an operational weapon, a "battlefield" artifact, with hundreds of thousands of lines of integral software, being upgraded and simplified and expanded and validated in some obscure Munchkin dialect, that language must survive.)...