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Dirk Craeynest <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 16 Feb 2003 21:48:11 +0100
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[For those of you who don't follow the comp.lang.ada newsgroup
any more, this is a message I just posted there... -- dc]

Monday February 17, 2003, marks the 20th anniversary of Ada as a
standardized language. On this day in 1983 the first Ada standard
ANSI/MIL-STD-1815A was published.

We've come a long way since, and it hasn't always been easy.
But there's a lot of momentum in the international Ada community now.

While there are signs that global awareness of the importance
of reliable software is increasing, at the same time enthusiasm
within the Ada world is growing and new activities are springing
up to make Ada an even better language and even more suitable
for the task of cost effectively building and evolving demanding
applications in an ever changing world.  I refer among others to
the work done world-wide in ISO's WG9 and ARG on the evolution of
the Ada standard, the involvement of the Ada-Europe and ACM SIGAda
organizations to set up a light-weight infrastructure for managing
upcoming "de facto" standards for APIs and libraries (ala C++'s
STL), the increased interest in Ada-Europe's and SIGAda's annual
conferences (new people and companies attending and exhibiting,
more and good quality of submissions, etc.), increasing "on line"
activities in newsgroups (comp.lang.ada), mailing lists, and on
all kinds of web-sites with e.g. open source projects, and so on...

I would like to invite you all to help that momentum grow and to
share a bit of your Ada enthusiasm with friends and colleagues.
Contact or form local user groups, write and/or talk about your
professional or hobby projects, speak with professors at educational
institutes in your neighborhood, etc.

In short:
show the world that Ada is very much alive and has a lot to offer!

Dirk Craeynest
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