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"Dale Jr, William" <[log in to unmask]>
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Dale Jr, William
Wed, 31 Jul 2002 17:57:10 -0700
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Ada is not used in finance here in the US to any large degree. This is part
of the same issue I have with other domains.   The leaders in these
industries are not "S/W" people and they stick to what they know.   

There is no S/W Ph.D. that is ever going to design a spacecraft!  Or a
bank/financial system. Unless he also has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics or

My point is that we should be putting effort into teaching S/W Engineering
to ALL engineers or other target domains.   Making more S/W Engineers who
will be relegated to doing CM or managing the CMM/ISO Level of the
organization is not going to improve S/W architectures.

Bill Dale

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gloster [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 3:40 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: What's Ada's life expectancy?
> Wiiliam Dale Jr proposed:
> "The difference is that COBOL found a large user base - finance - that has
> great need and deep pockets. [..]"
> Banks used to use Ada too. Not all have abandoned it, but to quote from a
> recent 
> recruitment agency's advertisement for financial ADA programmers:
> "Vorgesehen ist eine Migration von Ada über die nächsten Jahre auf eine
> andere 
> OO-Sprache" (a migration from Ada to another OO language over the coming
> years 
> is foreseen) ( HTTP://WWW.Iares.Ch/account660/cgi-bin/Reporter.exe?ID=303
> ). 
> (Actually I overlooked the word "andere" (other) before and wrote a letter
> pointing out that Ada 83 (which the job is for) has been followed by the
> OO Ada 
> 95.)
> (The webpage correctly has "Ada", but an email from the company had
> "ADA".)
> Anyhow, Dirk Craeynest has reported on many Ada jobs announced in a weekly
> general jobs emailed newsletter.