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21 December 2012, 15:14

ISO approves Ada 2012 as standard

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29 years after Ada was first approved as a standard, the Ada Resource Foundation has announced the approval and publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) of a new version of the programming language. New features in Ada 2012 include the ability to specify preconditions and postconditions for subprograms, conditional expressions and support for multicore processors.

Ada was originally developed as part of a competition for the US Department of Defense, which was looking for a language for its particular purposes. The department released a complete list of requirements, issued an invitation to tender and then shortlisted draft language designs from four different companies. The eventual winner was a proposal by Jean Ichbiah, working at CII Honeywell Bull. His creation, named after Ada Lovelace, was strongly influenced by Pascal. Today Ada is used in a range of sectors, including aviation, space travel, rail traffic, air traffic control and the financial sector.


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