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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 7 Feb 1998 22:08:12 +1000
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Alan E & Carmel J Brain <[log in to unmask]>
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James Squire wrote:
> Stanley Allen <[log in to unmask]> 02/05/98 09:48pm wrote:
> >Is there even a way to gauge how many current Ada developers there are
> >out there and their salary ranges?  I know many Ada developers who
> >abandon the language because they don't believe they can make a career
> >of it.

> If this is truly a false myth, then somebody has to do a big selling
> job, because people out here in industry believe it.

> I can understand people thinking that C++ is the way to go, but all I
> see there is being open to C++ jobs.

I've been programming in Ada since 1983. But right now, here in
Australia, there are virtually no Ada jobs at all. What few there are
would require me to move hundreds or thousands of km away. As my wife
has a career in Canberra, this is not an option.

I'm writing C++ now. Every day, I see larval bugs waiting to hatch
downstream. Bugs entirely preventable using Ada, entirely unavoidable
using C++. Fortunately, I also have a part-time job teaching Ada at the
Australian Defence Force Academy. Pay is less than half of my C++ hourly
rate, but it keeps me from going berserk with frustration. Fortunately,
the government department I'm working with at the moment has its act
together regarding QA, so the project is doable. Just twenty times more
costly than it need be. SIGH.

If anyone knows of any telecommuting jobs available, which DON'T require
US Citizenship, please let me know!
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