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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
X-To: Jerry van Dijk <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 1999 08:58:16 -0800
Reply-To: "Robert C. Leif, Ph.D." <[log in to unmask]>
From: "Robert C. Leif, Ph.D." <[log in to unmask]>
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To: Jerry van Dijk et al.
From: Bob Leif, Ph.D.

I suspect that given the broadest definition, most software has "embedded or
real-time" characteristics. For instance, even Microsoft Word 97 has
background spelling and grammar checkers. Virtually all medical devices,
electronic instrument systems, ATMs, etc. have embedded characteristics.
Many of these devices normally require an "operating system" to store data.

Even an Ada compiler could be a real-time program. Although our present Ada
compilers do not appear to employ Ada real-time operations, it requires
minimal imagination to see that a background syntax checker similar to
(hopefully smarter than) Microsoft Word's speller and grammar checkers
should be included in the next generation of Ada environments. If protected
types are considered as real-time entities, then all of the rows of database
tables would be considered real-time objects.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Jerry van Dijk
> Sent: Saturday, February 06, 1999 2:52 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Ada vs. C++ FAQ
> Tucker Taft wrote:
> > I took the Ada vs. C++ "trade study" sent out a few days ago,
> > and tried to turn it into an FAQ for such a comparison.  Here
> > are the results.  Totally unbiased, of course ;-).
> Taking the risk of repeating myself, once again I have to conclude
> that Ada is only an option for embedded or realtime systems.
> Well, maybe that is the truth, and I should pick up Java again.
> --
> -- Jerry van Dijk | Leiden, Holland
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