>I had heard about Air Force, but hadn't heard about Army. I'll still
>say something about Navy. (For that matter, perhaps DoT could be
>influenced regarding the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine academies...
The FAA may be the next and biggest critical "test case" for Ada. New
FAA Chief Engineer (I think that's his title?) ART PYSTER (former SPC
CTO) is exploring the PL issue for re-doing air traffic control
systems again and whatever else they implement. From a conversation
with Art at SEPG'97 2 months ago, I think he understands the technical
merits of Ada but raised the issue of long-term stability of the Ada
vendor industry; I tried to explain that that had been a real issue fo
many of us in the 80's, but the storm seemed to have been weathered
more than satisfactorily and, if anything, one could count a very
healthy increase in vendors in recent years. Needless to say, he did
not immediately make his decision based on my input. ...
I do not really know the politics at the FAA and whether or not they
intend to constrain contractors/developers as the DoD tried the past
15 years, nor do I know the truth about causes of "failure" in the
most recent attempted upgrades at the FAA, but it could not hurt to
have some broad quantitative inputs given to the FAA from someone
It could definitely hurt the U.S. if FAA upgrades are not done with
technologies which maximize reliability and maintenance/evolveability.
"Ada -- When Failure is NOT an Option"