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"Kester, Rush W." <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 8 Jun 2000 14:46:10 -0400
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There is already an on-line Ada class based on John Barnes book
"Programming in Ada 95."  The course Ada95 Mentor was developed by
AdaSoft as an Ada Technology Insertion program.  What the current
course lacks is an instructor available to answer questions and help
with problems.

Mike Feldman also has developed a CS1 (Intro to Comp. Sci) and CS2
(Data Structures) courses based on Ada using his books.

I would be interested in working with you and Montgomery College
to get this course in place.

Rush Kester

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wisniewski, Joseph (N-COMSYS)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2000 8:03 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Need some assistance
>     >>> In the FWIW category, my wife teaches CS full-time at
> Montomery
>     >>> College here outside of DC. They are pushing for
> on-line classes as
>     >>> much as possible, so I am going to put together a
> proposal to put
>     >>> together an on-line Ada class for them.
>     >>> There is enough Ada work here in the area to justify
>     >>> it, which seems to be a driving force with them.
>     >>>  My wife thinks that there is at least a fair chance that the
>     >>> powers-to-be would do it. Will keep y'all posted.
>     >>> Joe
> >
> >
> > If you have any more specific questions, I'll try to answer. One
> > question that comes up often is "which colleges teach Ada?" Such
> > a question is very difficult to answer, because there are several
> > thousand colleges just in the USA. It would be at least one full-
> > time job to try to track curriculum content to that extent.
> >
> > The website does link to a report on colleges teaching Ada as
> > the _foundation_ (typically, the first) language in a curriculum.
> > That site needs some updating, as we are losing some ground to Java,
> > but it's a reasonable approximation. I think the true number
> > of schools is within 20% of what you see in that list.
> >
> > One paper of my own might be interesting, though it's only
> > sneakily an Ada-advodacy paper:
> >
> >
> >
> > which was published in June 1999 as an invited editorial
> > in the quarterly of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer
> > Science Education (SIGCSE). You'll see the "Ada philosophy"
> > in that article, even though Ada is mentioned explicitly only
> > once or twice.
> >
> > Be sure to pick up John McCormick's keynote presentation from
> > SIGAda '99, which is linked from the top-level SIGAda site.
> >
> > Mike Feldman
> >