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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 18:05:06 -0800
From: Al Christians <[log in to unmask]>
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why there isn't as much homebuilt freeware for Ada
Two more conjectures:

1. Maybe much of the stuff on your list, which would help Ada, isn't
best written in Ada.

2. Maybe the best Ada development tools are aimed at large projects,
not small-time freeware producers.

Tom Moran wrote:
>
> 1) A lot of interesting stuff is hardware or OS specific and Ada
> hardware and OSes are less concentrated than C. Not so long ago nearly
> all C programmers were using DOS (or extended DOS) and a VESA graphics
> package would run on their systems.  I suspect only a minority of the
> Ada community even *could* run such a thing on their system. So to some
> extent "why isn't there more Ada freeware" has the same answer as "why
> isn't there more software for X, where X /= Wintel".
> 2) With the Wintel platform, at least, it's difficult to make an
> executable small enough to expect people to download, even with "56K"
> modems.  And a lot of source or executables are incomplete without a
> bunch of associated libraries and DLLs which are inconvenient, if not
> violations of contracts, to post.

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