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Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 17:44:07 +1100
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>Frankly, I think the concern is exaggerated, but it is obvious that
>the current market for Ada is much smaller than for C++, there are
>more compilers and other tools for C++ (or Java) than for Ada, and
>there is more vendor investment in C++ and Java than in Ada.  My
>position is that there are good compilers and tools available, but
>I could use some data (opinions will be of little use) that
>supports the claim that the Ada market is not disappearing.  I have
>used Dick Reid's data on languages in CS1 courses (posted here a
>few weeks ago) to show that Ada use is steady (and nearly matches
>C++) in this area, but I could use some hard data for the current
>Ada commercial market.  Can anyone point me to such data?  Is there
>any interesting news along these lines from last week's SIGAda
>conference?  (Statistics from the PAL or Web sites such as Ada Home
>are interesting, but I suspect that information about where money
>is being spent would be more persuasive.)

Not directly answering your question, i would think that the soon to be
released ASIS from ACT (I _hope_ it is coming out with gnat 3.11) should
make it easier to produce tools for Ada. Whether it will or not remains to
be seen.