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Ada 95 by Chuck Table of Contents 1 Introduction 11 History 12 The Contest 13 Availability 2 How to declare a class 21 Tagged Not for every class 22 Controlled or not controlled 23 Never use non-initialized objects 24 The myth of object creation 25 Delete or Finalize 3 Naming convention 31 Names of the Ada package and the associated main class type 32 Method Names 4 Object Unity 5 Portability issues 51 Predefined Scalar types 6 Generic for Parameterized Classes 7 Beware of inheritance 8 Beware of Controlled Objects 9 Some weaknesses of the language 91 Access to subprograms 92 Multiple Inheritance 1 Introduction Ada is a powerful programming language that was designed so that it could be made to do just about anything It can be used as a gateway to the more difficult C language and even though Adas syntax is very different from Cs the two languages are actually similar in many ways 11 History In 1957 a computer scientist at IBM Corporation named John Backus created a new language that was intended to make it so that scientists engineers and mathematicians could more easily solve mathematical and scientific problems The language FORTRAN which is short for FORmula TRANslation was a complete success and almost forty-five years later it is still being actively used and developed In Europe some computer scientists who had known about FORTRAN formed a committee to develop their own language that could be used for the same purposes as FORTRAN In 1958 the new programming language dubbed ALGOL an acronym for ALGOrithmic Language was completed and quickly standardized Often it is considered tradition to name a computer language standard after the year that it was
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