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Todd Coniam <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 13 Apr 1999 19:00:12 EDT
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In a message dated 4/13/99 3:54:55 PM Central Daylight Time, [log in to unmask]

> Tom Rhoads claimed it was written largely in C, by Raytheon and
>  Hughes.  That jibes better with my sense that Raytheon has been
>  using C/C++ rather than Ada for their ATC systems.  Lockheed-Martin
>  (nee' IBM Fed. systems and then Loral) uses Ada for theirs.

A while back I asked a contact (directly involved) I have in the USAF/Mitre
about STARS.  He said it is mostly in C and some C++ on developed to run on
Sun SPARC stations.  If memory serves, he said they (Raytheon/Hughes?)
decided against Ada because of tool costs and the lack thereof.

Not enough toys for the boys again!

Which we all know is not true...

Oh well, another large sum of money spent on Air Traffic upgrades that don't
Why can't the FAA get over the Not Invented Here syndrome and just buy one of
the commercially available systems?  Making modifications as needed.

OBTW, one of the latest hold ups I've heard is the Controllers don't like the
new hi-resolution bitmapped color displays because they don't have all the
old knobs and switches to control it like the old green vector scopes did.

Todd Coniam
Member, Team Ada