It almost sounds like the Ada community is less noble and meaner-spirited
than other groups. I don't think that's true. Here's my take on why there
isn't as much homebuilt freeware for Ada:
* Common, cheap/free Ada compilers for home computers have only become
available recently. ACT was founded in August of 1994, and other
vendors reacted to their market presence. Meanwhile, you can get a C
compiler for anything above a 4-function calculator.
* The Ada community is much smaller.
- The same fraction of folks with home projects would still produce
- The Ada community is less dense than the C community. So, there is
less chance that an informal, off-hours team will form up, or that a
developer will get local help and encouragement.
- Since the community is small, the ego rewards are less for developing
* Ada has just recently penetrated the colleges. A lot of freeware is
done, or starts, as college projects; consider the X windows system.
* Ada people tend to use bindings to existing systems.
The compilers, community size, and college penetration are improving. I
hope to see a lot more Ada freeware in the future.
Samuel Mize -- [log in to unmask] -- Team Ada
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