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Over the last decade and a half, the Ada programming language has aroused more financial, technical, political, and emotional forces than any other programming language. Because the language is a product of more than just technical factors, its progress is heavily influenced by the surrounding social, economic, and political environment. Judging by the technical characteristics of the language and the goals for its use, one would expect that Ada would be the subject of intense development by the USSR, as well as by the USA. In practice, the Ada experiences in these countries differ considerably. We examine the state of Ada in the Soviet Union from four perspectives: the development of Ada technologies, training and educational efforts, technology transfer within the Soviet Union and from the West, and the levels of interest and support among practitioners, managers, users, and policy makers.


Published in Proceedings of the Tenth Annual National Conference on Ada Technology, Arlington, VA, Feb. 24-28, 1992.