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ALSO CALLED: Classic Ada
DEFINITION: Ada (pronounced AY-duh) is a programming language somewhat similar to Pascal that was selected in a competition and made a U.S. Defense Department standard. (It is named for Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), who helped Charles Babbage conceive how programs might run in his mechanical Analytical Engine. She is often considered the first computer programmer.) Ada was originally  … 
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ADA DEFINITION (continued): …  intended for real-time embedded systems programming.By its supporters, Ada is described as a programming language that avoids error-prone notation, is relatively quick to implement, encourages reuse and team coordination, and is relatively easy for other programmers to read. The most recent version, Ada 95, is apparently a significant improvement over earlier versions. Among the sophisticated, according to The New Hacker's Dictionary, Ada has a reputation as a committee-written language, with poor exception-handling and interprocess communication features. It's not clear that "hackers" still … 
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