Wed, 16 Dec 1998 10:51:25 -0500
This isn't an attempt to criticize -- your ideas are fine -- but there's a
bit of misinformation:
Ada (the date is 1995, not 1987) is no longer the only ISO standardized
ISO/IEC 14882:1998 Programming Languages -- C++
was issued September 1, 1998.
(We can still say Ada was the first, but no longer the only!)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Coniam, Todd (MSgt) [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 10:19 AM
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> Subject: Re: Programming Culture (was: Choose Ada flyer)
> Speaking of PC Week, I just received the December 14, 1998 copy and lo and
> behold Peter Coffee's cover article is about poor software quality. In
> main article (pg. 18) even Microsoft's president Steve Ballmer admits they
> have a quality problem. As is typical of the quick fix culture, they are
> going to "improve its [Microsoft's] quality assurance processes." I read
> as adding more testers and tools (Bounds checkers are mentioned in the
> article). Several other similar statements are made from other anonymous
> software companies.
> Two other follow-on articles (pg. 20) say generally the same thing but
> lean towards the post-production testing for quality. When are they going
> to learn, you can't test in quality, you have to design and build it in.
> least they have recognized that they have a problem...
> This is a GREAT opportunity to promote Ada! The industry is finally
> awakening to the software quality issue and not just focusing on features
> and time-to-market. I'm sure the Y2K issue is helping in this regard.
> As Richard Riehle continually suggests, the Ada industry should jump on
> with a full scale promotion of Ada's strengths in developing quality
> software. Not bug free, or safety critical, just quality and stability.
> may want to also push speed of development and reusability as side notes.
> Example advertisement of Ada readability:
> It's no wonder your programmers have a
> hard time finding bugs with code like this:
> [C++ example with obscure bug]
> (Hungarian notation and pre-processor
> directives would be useful to obscure
> the bug here)
> With Ada the bugs almost jump out of
> the code by themselves.
> [Clean Ada example with easily
> recognized bug highlighted]
> Ada - Quality is built in.
> Ada, the _only_ internationally
> standardized Object-Oriented language.
> ANSI/ISO/IEC 8652:1987
> Well everyone, what are we going to do? Are we going to sit around
> to see what happens or are we going to make something happen?
> Todd Coniam
> -- Statements made are my opinion and are
> -- not necessarily those of the U.S. Air Force.