>Just got back from OOPSLA last night...
>I ran into some of the opinions that you've been talking about. I met
>several people who were once Ada programmers or who programmed Ada in
>college. I met a lot who thought that Ada was for the military only. I
>even met someone who thought that the DoD had given up on Ada because
>the mandate was gone. Some thought Ada was not object-oriented. I met
>someone who was burned by Ada (several years back due to bad compilers,
>etc) and would never go back.
>One of the things I tried to make sure everyone got was the "Why Ada?"
>pamphlet. I was hoping at the very least that it would open their minds
>a bit. We had a bunch of flyers for the commercial success stories as
>well, which also helped. One person asked about Ada in communications,
>and I pulled the mobile communications flyer from the rack. The $10 CD
>helped also. I told people its their chance to try Ada at home. We had
>several buyers. Telling Java or would-be Java programmers about AdaMagic
>also helped. I gave those who didn't buy the CD a flyer about the SIGAda
We need activists in the SIGAda booth, people who will engage those
who look our way, feel out their attitudes, and then make Ada overtures
tailored to that person. Gary is clearly one of these Ada activists.
>Oh, yeah, I had to sigh when Alan Kay, the keynote speaker, had a slide
>with Ada spelled as "ADA".
I accept small victories for Ada. I think the very fact that Alan Kay
mentioned or showed a slide listing Ada in any way is a plus. I would
even go so far as to say that often "Negative publicity is better than
no publicity," but I'm guessing his usage of Ada wasn't negative,
probably neutral. I guess getting mentioned on a "List of Things that
Have Passed from the Face of the Earth" would not be good; that wasn't
it, was it?
Thanks for the quick report, Gary. -- hh
PS: Actually the "Why Ada" brochure (and a slightly more technical
companion that I haven't seen in a couple years) were developed under
the original ARA in 1994. I do believe the AdaIC had hordes of them,
and maybe the repro originals for making more after Bob Mathis passed
from the ARA. If not, then SIGAda should find them, check out
permissions, and become the future supplier.