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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.

> Regards,
> Jim Briggs.
Mike Feldman