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Submission + - Jean Ichbiah, Chief Architect of Ada, Dies

An anonymous reader writes: Jean Ichbiah, the chief architect of the Ada programming language, has died ( Although Ada is not widely used today outside of DoD, the language introduced a generation of programmers to practical language constructs for what had until then been esoteric features such as overloading, exception handling, and multi-tasking.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.