I think Richard has hit the nail on the head! Now that Bill Gates is the
"Chief Software Architect" for Microsoft, we should do everything possible
to make him aware of the real costs and potential (safety) impacts of the
hackers approach to software development. There MUST be some way to get the
message through to him (and god knows how many others)! Before I also have
to revert to my bicycle because a Boeing XXX has embedded software written
in VB or VC++.
-- Bob, in the hills northeast of San Jose --
From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95) On Behalf Of AdaWorks
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2000 19:49
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Subject: Re: Ada is very sick and getting worse
Now and then some event occurs that makes a difference to the
people who make important decisions. Recently, Mr. Gates attended
a meeting of developers where Bertrand Meyer was a featured
speaker. Most of you know that Bertrand is the principle author
of the Eiffel programming language. Before this event, Mr. Gates
was almost completely unaware of Eiffel. Since that event, Dr.
Meyer's company, ISE in Santa Barbara, has become a Microsoft
partner and Eiffel has raised the interest of Mr. Gates. If
this interest endures, it is possible that we will see Microsoft
embracing Eiffel as one of its development technologies. If it
wanes, Eiffel may be swept into a dustbin of discarded technologies,
and become even more obscure than it is at present.
Maybe, we need some event where Bill Gates or Steve
Ballmer is welcomed and where one or the other of them can learn
something about the positive aspects of the current Ada standard.
Instead of complaining about their ignorance, let's find a way
to enlighten them.
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