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Chris Sparks <[log in to unmask]>
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Chris Sparks <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Jun 2000 06:55:38 -0700
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Robin Reagan wrote:

> With all the recent talk of an Ada "killer app" I was thinking... (I know
> this would not be the popular "killer app" but maybe a micro "killer app"
> for the RT community :).

There is nothing wrong with doing killer apps, however, we need to set the
ground work first and have all of our tools in place (plug and play so to
speak).  We need to first determine which standards we will be supporting.
After all the infrastructure is done then we can attack killer app projects.
If we do it too soon it might discourage us.

> Ada shines in the real-time/embedded areas (among others) this is where its
> roots are! How about an RTOS (written in Ada of course) designed for
> embedded systems (The popular term is "appliance" I think). I'm sure this
> has come up before... but why hasn't it been done (or has it?).

Correct me if I am wrong, however, wouldn't RTEMS be an area of interest
for you.  Granted it has parts written in "C", however, maybe we can upgrade
it so to speak.

> After having worked with vxWorks for the past several months, I can't help

Mea Culpa! :-)  Just a little humor here.  I have had nothing but bad luck with


> but think that an open source (BSD license perhaps?) modern RTOS written in

> Ada should do well if it can be shown to be very reliable, easy to
> configure, and flexible.

This is fine, however, which application market will you be targeting once you
have this?

Chris Sparks