Almost 20 language proposals were made by design teams, coming from various places in the world. Four contractors were selected to produce prototype languages (Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow), and finally one was chosen: Green, developped by a Honeywel/Bull team located in France, near Paris; the principal designer was Jean Ichbiah.
The language proposal and the requirements were repeatedly submitted to public review. The language was revised in response to hundreds of comments coming from academia and industry all over the world, and finally became an ANSI standard in 1983 (and an ISO standard in 1987).
This modern, high-level programming language was named Ada, in honor of the first programmer in history: Lady Ada Lovelace.
We also recommend that all software engineers read "C++? A Critique of C++," by Ian Joyner, Unisys - ACUS, Australia, 2nd ed. 1992; about 30 pages. The very large (700 KB) Postscript file of this paper can be viewed in WWW, but it's probably better to get the (After 6pm Eastern US Please) compressed version of the same file (250 KB -- European mirror) and print it.
(Details to be added: ISO/ANSI Ada in 1983, revision in 1994; ISO/ANSI C++ maybe in 1997; Smalltalk is in the early stages of the ANSI process; Eiffel has its own umbrella, NICE; CLOS passed ANSI in 1994; COBOL is moving...).
"The constructs of Ada are too difficult to understand"
Have you done a factual comparison with the constructs of other high-level programming languages? For instance, have you read the C++ reference manual? Have you found many C++ compilers which agree on what C++ constructs are? Take a look at C++ templates.
and more (e.g. "Ada is inefficient", "too complex")
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