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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Tony Lowe <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 29 Jul 2002 14:39:39 -0500
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Along the lines of 'not enough people to do Ada', is this a real concern or a
convenient excuse?

 I ran a business a few years ago to try to do Ada work and Training and even my
primary customer eventually slowed down to a trickle of business.  I would think
that if there was such demand that I would be flowing in proposals and work.  In
fact, I am currently working with unemployed developers at a part time job to
re-train them into J2EE technologies.   I could easily get 20 developers with
15-30 years of programming experience each, up and literate in Ada at a very
reasonable cost (they are unemployed and becoming mildly desperate) if someone
really was interested in subcontracting work.

I guess I am wondering if the 'not enough people' is a self-fulfilling prophesy
that companies do not train Ada developers, support Universities to do so, or
work towards alternative resources to get people interested in working within
the technology, so "no one is available".   They want to use other technologies
so they use an easy excuse.

BTW, a year ago no one could find developers of any kind, especially Java
developers, and especially at a 'reasonable rate'.  Another obscure data point
for 'finding people' since most of the Java developers that are out there had to
be re-trained to do Java unless they are under 25 years old.


P.S.  A friend who works for a big Sat-Com firm says they are highly considering
Ada for their future projects...