Dr. Dobb's Journal came yesterday. Their view from the News & Views
page is quoted below.
Not surprising, perhaps, but disgusting none the less.
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DoD Gets With The Times (or "An Ode to Ada")
Ada's 22-year run as the Department of Defense's mandated language of
choice has ended. Outgoing Pentagon C3I chief Emmett Paige stated in a
memo last April, that future "programming language selections should be
made in the context of the system and software engineering factors that
influence overall life-cycle costs, risks, and potential for
Translated to civilian-speak, Ada's not just an outdated language -- it
just doesn't have the development tools that other languages (like C and
C++) have. While Ada was designed from the ground-up to be a readable,
reliable, and efficient language, other languages' code generators,
testing and debugging tools, and wide usage (hence, low training costs)
make them just as functional yet more cost-effective than Ada. The
imminent demise of Ada and rise of Java prove that when it comes to
language acceptance, the market rules.
-- Eugene Eric Kim
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