In todays infoworld in cringely's column he has an interesting quote
from the microsoft visual studio 6.0 2000 end user license:
" Java technology is not fault tolerant and is not designed,
manufactured, or intended for use or resale as online control
equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe performance
such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft navigation,
or communications systems, air-traffic control, direct life-support
machines, or WEAPONS SYSTEMS"
he goes on to note that java is the only language so noted,and asks
if this means visual basic CAN be used to run a nuclear reactor ;-)
might come in handy next time someone wants to use java where they
should be using ada!
At a recent computer software engineering course in the US, the participants
were given an awkward question to answer. "If you had just boarded an
airliner and discovered that your team of programmers had been responsible
for the flight control software, how many of you would disembark