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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
X-To: John Gilchrist <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2004 23:16:49 -0500
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Well,  Ada was first standardized on February 17, 2003,
the first Ada standard ANSI/MIL-STD-1815A was published.

So it's not unreasonable to believe that back then the
DoD represented the majority of the IT market at that

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From: "John Gilchrist" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: June 10, 2004 1:39 PM
Subject: Fw: Ada History Question

Dear ACM,

I've visited several Ada FAQ web sites, but so far have not seen an answer
to my question below:

Years ago I took a course at the Defense Systems Management College, which
included a presentation on Ada.  I vaguely recall a slide that indicated
something like:

"In 1995? when Ada was initiated DoD was the customer for 60%? of the
software [Information Technology] market at that time."  [ACM - please

This is in stark contrast to a statement I heard ~2002 that "DoD, while
Microsoft's largest single customer, represented less than 1% of Microsoft's
sales."  [I can verify this through the DoD CIO's office.]

John Gilchrist
Member ACM
Annandale, Virginia