Thanks for your insights regarding the Ada market. You made some
excellent points that I'm sure I'll find helpful.
In response to a few questions you asked:
>Which "new processors"
>are your colleagues considering using on which there is little or no Ada
>support? If there is any reasonable business case for moving an Ada
>compiler to a new processor, pretty much any Ada vendor would do it. Are
>you or your colleagues aware of business opportunities (ie, projects that
>want to buy tools) for Ada on currently unsupported "new" processors? If
>so, I would think all the Ada vendors (not just the ones on Team-Ada) would
>be interested in them.
I think the concern is not so much any particular current processor,
but the idea that when new hardware emerges in a year or two, there
may be a greater lag in the availability of support for Ada compilers
than for the more "popular" languages. This would make it difficult
to move existing systems to a new hardware platform. We have
had some trouble with this kind of thing not too many years ago
(e.g., with the 68060, which prompted us to switch to a VADS
compiler a while back). Now that the Ada 95 transition is settling
down, I'm not sure how real this problem is anymore. In particular,
some code generators are shared between C++ and Ada compilers, so I'd
expect little lag in those cases.
>Gene Ouye <[log in to unmask]>
>Apex Ada NT Product Manager phone: 408-863-5054
>Rational Software Corporation cell: 650-465-2541
>18880 Homestead Road fax: 408-863-5075
>Cupertino, CA 95014 email: [log in to unmask]