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Gary Kephart <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 9 Jan 1998 13:25:26 -0800
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Bill Brooks wrote:
> Last time, Gary Kephart wrote:
> ] Most Ada jobs are for embedded, real-time systems. That's because that's
> ] where Ada shines the best. How many people are looking for that type of
> ] job?
> ] I for one really like Ada, but I don't want to do any more embedded
> ] programming or defense/aerospace work.
> An undergrad came to me looking for advice on a career path a few days
> ago and she said she was interested primarily in embedded systems. Can
> someone please expand upon what exactly is so repugnant about the field so
> that I can present her with a more balanced viewpoint?

Well, I for one never said "repugnant." From my own personal standpoint,
embedded systems are not as "glamorous" as GUI systems. I like seeing
buttons pressed, lists filled, windows pop up, etc. It's easy to see the
results of my work. I also do not like working close to the hardware,
which you usually do with embedded systems.

Of course I expect different opinions than mine to exist. If that
undregrad wants to work in embedded systems, more power to her. It's
just not for me. I was simply wondering rhetorically) how many people
are looking/interested in embedded systems and how many aren't. My bet
is that there are more who aren't.


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