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Britt Snodgrass <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 19 Aug 2003 09:03:08 -0500
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Another relevant piece of bad news from a JSF Combat Software article in
AviationNow today

"Huff said the software development effort will peak in 2005 with about
1,500 software developers, half employed in Fort Worth and half working at
partner and supplier sites. About three-fourths of these workers have
already been hired, and the F-35 program has encountered no difficulty
recruiting software engineers, a "pleasant surprise," according to Huff,
considering the number who left aerospace during the craze. Some
Lockheed Martin workers transferred over from the F-16 and T-50 programs,
and software engineers who had left the company to work in the telecom
sector returned.

One strategy chosen to accommodate rapid hiring of software engineers for
the F-35 program was to write all the code in C and C++, popular general
purpose languages used extensively in the commercial world. This made a
larger pool of candidates available for recruiting."