A dear colleague, John Stewart, wrote to say that he attended the funeral for Jean Ichbiah last weekend. Among other things, Jean was the principal author of the Ada programming language. Expressions of sympathy may be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
I had the privilege of working with Jean over the years, having been involved with the Ada Joint Program Office at its inception. Furthermore, Rational Software's first commercial product was a software development environment for Ada, running on our own machine, the R1000. Although Ada never reached the critical mass of C++ or Java, it was an important influence upon both of those languages as well as all modern languages. For a time, Ada was the dominant language for military work but also crossed over into the commercial world primarily for safety critical systems such as air traffic control systems and railway switching systems.
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