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Tue, 30 Jul 2002 11:43:14 +0100
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(Accidentally sent to Ed Colbert directly yesterday.)

It should keep going for a considerable amount of time. The newsgroup
news:comp.lang.ada is particularly lively. Ada 83 still is not completely gone
yet, and Ada 95 has only recently been in circulation long enough in shorter
scale projects such as aircraft to start development for long term European
Space Agency unmanned craft. This is even with the readily apparent higher
quality of Ada 95 compilers in 1995 versus widespread Ada 83 compilers from the
same timeframe. (It has been with Ada 83 compilers as it has been with mobile
phone infrastructure, it is the established familar product which clients go
for, not often enough the better rival. So shunning a good Ada 83 compiler and
going for a common Ada 83 compiler, people naturally did not have enough
evidence through experience that the tools will be stable or good enough for
another 5+ years so Ada 95 and it was left to shorter cycle and American
liberals.) (N.B. ESA sponsored Ada 9X think tanks, that does not mean that it
would be willing to ask for deployments in Ada 95 the same decade.)