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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 11:31:51 -0500
Reply-To: Michael Feldman <[log in to unmask]>
From: Michael Feldman <[log in to unmask]>
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In-Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]> from "Jim Briggs" at Feb 02, 2001 10:53:12 AM
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Ian, Jim, et al,

[Jim said]
>
> Ian,
>
> Not true, there is still at least one that hasn't changed to Java!
>
> Here at Portsmouth we still teach Ada as the first language to a wide range
> of students on our computer science, software engineering and information
> technology courses. We believe it is the best language to support the
> teaching of the foundations of programming, especially modularity,
> readability and correctness. We use GNAT because it gives students better
> help with error messages than any other compiler we've seen.
>
Exactly. Our 3rd and 4th year students tell us this also. After they
have the perspective of two languages and two compilers, they tell us
how much they miss GNAT.

> We also believe Ada provides an excellent platform from which to go on to
> teach Java, which we do in the second year for CS and SE students. That was
> a change this year (we used to teach C++) and seems to have gone well.

Same here at GW. Ada serve as a good foundation on which to build
Java and C++. Our experience mirrors Jim's.
>
[snip]

> Regards,
>
> Jim Briggs.
>
Mike Feldman

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