The current (April 98) issue of BYTE magazine has a
cover story "crashproof computing" about how
unreliable PC's are compared to mainframes and
Certainly no news to most of us.
The article says one cause is the use of C++ language
for PC applications development. A list of
alternative languages is presented: Delphi, PowerBuilder,
TopSpeed, Smalltalk, Visual Basic and Java.
Much to my chagrin, Ada was NOT mentioned.
There is an extensive sidebar "Better Tools for Better
Code" which examines Java's advantages to C++. Ada
is mentioned in one sentence in the next to last line.
I thought there is an opportunity here for someone
more knowledgeable and articulate than myself to
write a letter to the editor advocating Ada for
applications development on PC's.