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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Neil Evans <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 10:22:12 -0700
Al Christians <[log in to unmask]>
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I like Ada and use Ada, although many (most) times market pressures of
various types constrain me to use other languages much more.

The number one plus is that programs I write in Ada seem to come out
better than those in other languages.

The number one minus is that the number of Ada users in the world I
work in (Wintel desktops and business mainframes) is minuscule in
comparison to _______ (Insert your favorite language here, C++, VB,
Cobol, Delphi, Java, Perl, You-Name-It).   So, for development tools and
source code libraries, the market generally offers fewer options at
higher prices than to those using other languages.  Given that the
number of people actually developing such Ada products is small, they do
remarkably well, but quantity has a quality all its own that is unlikely
to ever be realized in the Ada market.  The software acquisition
strategy of trying six or seven products for $99  each and picking the
one that's least fatally flawed, typical in the Windows world,  is
not available to Ada users.

There is fine Ada software available gratis, and I hereby express my
unreserved appreciation of all who can share their work that way. A
thousand more such generous souls would be needed, however,  to match
the stream of buzzword-compliant products available in the mainstream


Neil Evans wrote:
> Dear team members,
> I am giving a short lecture to fellow students on ADA and its uses.  I have
> a fair amount of literature on its history , what it looks like, how to use
> it, and its advantages over certain other languages (which I won't mention
> here).  But like most people, I believe everything has its pros and cons,
> its good and bad points.  I cant really find much in the way to say bad
> about it, I'm sure there's a lot of you out there which would say thetas
> because it doesn't have any bad points, but equally there may be a few who
> look at it in a broader view, and may be able to give me their opinions on
> what is its bad points, or why people aren't using it.  It is just a lack
> of training, lack of decent advertising, cost of manpower involved?
> Please and sensible answers or opinions greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance
> Neil Evans
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