TEAM-ADA Archives

Team Ada: Ada Programming Language Advocacy


Options: Use Classic View

Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Condense Mail Headers

Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
From: "W. Wesley Groleau x4923" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 15:49:02 -0500
Reply-To: "W. Wesley Groleau x4923" <[log in to unmask]>
Parts/Attachments: text/plain (20 lines)
> ....[Ada's] weaknesses.
> These include:
>   - detailed list of nice things Ada doesn't have.

It's misleading to call those disadvantages of Ada unless you can identify
a language that DOES have them!

> ........?  Did C and Lisp and
> Pascal catch on at Universities because of all the jobs?  No, when they
> got popular, the real jobs were in Cobol and Assembler.  When C++ caught
> on at the Universities, the jobs were in C and Pascal.  Those languages
> caught on because they were worthwhile, because they had something in
> them that was worth teaching.

Not quite.  Pascal and LISP caught on in schools because educators thought
they had something in them that was worth teaching.  C got in the door
because it was associated with Unix, and continued to grow (for a while)
for the same reasons as C++.  C++ caught on because administrators thought
it would attract more high school hackers.