>First question: do we really believe that programmers will
>be attracted to Ada on the basis of reliability?
We have a product, and there is a potential market. The safety
critical etc discussion focuses on the strengths of the product,
while Stanley Allen's comments (now and previously) focus on
the potential buyers. Are we discussing which corner of our
square peg is best, while trying to put it into a round hole?
What, other than introspection, do we know of the characteristics
of the buyers? Is it the general experience of people teaching
Ada that safety is soporific, but real-time is exciting? Who
do the vendors target, and what do they find enthuses the
decision makers? Who decides on a programming language and
what "felt need" of theirs matches one of Ada's strengths?