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Understanding the Adoption of Ada: A Field Study Report

Technical Report
This report examines the extent to which the Ada adoption behavior of DoD contractors is influenced by their expectations of the technological opportunity provided by the Ada.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-89-TR-028

Abstract

In 1983, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) established a policy requiring the use of Ada for the development of all new DoD mission-critical computer applications. A multi-industry field study was conducted with seven business units from DoD contractors that have made decisions about the adoption and use of Ada. This report examines the extent to which the Ada adoption behavior of these contractors is influenced by their expectations of the technological opportunity provided by Ada, market demand for Ada, and appropriability conditions in the product market of firms. Findings indicate contractor decisions about adopting Ada are influenced both by the technical merits of the language and the economic impact on the firm.

Cite This Technical Report

Cohen, W., Smith, G., Hefley, W., & Levinthal, D. (1989, August 1). Understanding the Adoption of Ada: A Field Study Report. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-89-TR-028). Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/understanding-the-adoption-of-ada-a-field-study-report/.

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author={Cohen, Wesley and Smith, Gordon and Hefley, William and Levinthal, Daniel},
title={Understanding the Adoption of Ada: A Field Study Report},
month={Aug},
year={1989},
number={CMU/SEI-89-TR-028},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/understanding-the-adoption-of-ada-a-field-study-report/},
note={Accessed: 2024-Jun-24}
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Cohen, Wesley, Gordon Smith, William Hefley, and Daniel Levinthal. "Understanding the Adoption of Ada: A Field Study Report." (CMU/SEI-89-TR-028). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, August 1, 1989. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/understanding-the-adoption-of-ada-a-field-study-report/.

W. Cohen, G. Smith, W. Hefley, and D. Levinthal, "Understanding the Adoption of Ada: A Field Study Report," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-89-TR-028, 1-Aug-1989 [Online]. Available: https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/understanding-the-adoption-of-ada-a-field-study-report/. [Accessed: 24-Jun-2024].

Cohen, Wesley, Gordon Smith, William Hefley, and Daniel Levinthal. "Understanding the Adoption of Ada: A Field Study Report." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-89-TR-028). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Aug. 1989. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/understanding-the-adoption-of-ada-a-field-study-report/. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Cohen, Wesley; Smith, Gordon; Hefley, William; & Levinthal, Daniel. Understanding the Adoption of Ada: A Field Study Report. CMU/SEI-89-TR-028. Software Engineering Institute. 1989. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/understanding-the-adoption-of-ada-a-field-study-report/