To kind of see where I have been going with this discussion on standards
and Microsoft technologies, consider this:
1. We all know Ada is very sick in terms of people adopting it. It seems
have found its niche in the embedded world (like our airplanes) and not
2. Microsoft is entering the embedded world big-time with its embedded
tools. Devices like Auto PCs (for automobiles), Pocket PCs (including
ruggedized versions with bar scanners), and the like are emerging, and
these are being programmed in Visual Basic and Visual C++. These are
where Ada could be making inroads.
Is anyone doing something about this situation? Are there any Ada compilers
the Windows CE platform? Are there any plans for such compilers?
I'm personnally finding Microsoft technologies to meet more and more of my
This is translating into less and less of a need to continue with Ada. The
I've offered this group (the Tech Ed 2000 trip report and Windows 2000
shows just some of the directions in which Microsoft is moving, and some of
directions are areas where Ada used to be a prime candidate.
Richard Conn, Principal Investigator