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Update to the team.

As you know I do a lot of Ada training.  Rely on it for my business
survival.  The abrogation of the mandate is beginning to have its
effect.

One of my clients has indicated that the USAF contracting officer has
suggested they convert their large Ada project to C++ now that the
mandate no longer applies.  I expect a flood of such decisions over the
coming months.

There is no way this can be good for the Department of Defense.  It is,
I believe, a national security issue, and warrants some letters to
congressmen.  I realize I may be a minority here, and I have a vested
interest in Ada.  However, I can find other work if Ada goes away, but
I fear for the long-range stability of DoD software if this decision is
permitted to erode the quality of our DoD warfighting capability.

Some of our more far-sighted clients (I just completed a class for one)
are continuing to use Ada because they recognize its value.  But, as they
also become a minority, we are likely to see Ada decline, not because of
its inherent quality, but because of the diminished incentive to create
tools and environments.  Already some major compiler publishers are perceived
throughout the Ada developer community as "dragging their feet" in
support of Ada 95.

Richard Riehle

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