Ada Programming Language

  • Gerard O’Regan


The Ada programming language was designed by the US military as a single language that would replace the plethora of programming languages employed by the US Department of Defense. It is named in honor of Lady Augusta Ada Lovelace, who was an English mathematician who collaborated with Charles Babbage on applications of the analytical engine. She described how the analytical engine could be programmed, and she wrote what is considered the world’s first computer program. She is therefore considered the first programmer.


  1. Ada, Augusta, Countess of Lovelace (1842) Sketch of the Analytic Engine invented by Charles Babbage. L.F. Menabrea, Bibliothèque Universelle de Genève, October, 1842, No. 82 Translated by Ada, Augusta, Countess of LovelaceGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard O’Regan
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  1. 1.SQC ConsultingMallowIreland

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