Tue, 15 Dec 1998 18:02:56 -0800
As outlined in a long post yesterday, Ada still has quite a few places
where it is not going to match VB or Delphi feature-for-feature. This
is ok: any person or group proclaiming the superiority of an obscure
language for all purposes would have low credibility. I think that this
is why the flyer was focused the way that it was.
But, not to despair, weaknesses should be an asset in marketing against
entrenched opposition. Because a smart sales pitch does not try to
persuade the target who has millions invested in a dozen other languages
that Ada is better than all of them for everything, it can more easily
convince that Ada is better than some of them for some things.
If I was going to try to promote Ada to the mainstream of development
organizations, I would try to position it as the best language to use
for writing the most complex and highest-value components. Ada doesn't
seem well positioned to emerge as a RAD or scripting language, but I
hope that Ada can deliver high value can gain some market share and
visibility as a component-writer's language.