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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
From: Bob Mathis <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 1996 23:09:17 EST
X-cc: Sy Wong <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Bob Mathis <[log in to unmask]>
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Jim Moore has already formally replied to Sy's suggestion as requested in his
message. I'm still the Convener of WG9, but the message was addressed to Jim.

Proposals to WG9 come from subgroups and national delegations. Sy's suggestion
is more appropriate for SIGAda. Some of SIGAda's working groups have made
valuable contributions to standards.

The best suggestion has already been mentioned -- turn your idea into a product.

I'd encourage everyone to start thinking that way. GNAT is a valuable resource
to the whole Ada community. It enables people to do experiments and build
products that might not otherwise be possible. (Don't get hung up on licensing
arguments. People can make products with GNAT.) The other compiler companies are
also open to suggestions for new products. If you can't sell your idea, you
probably couldn't sell your product either.

To make Ada into a commercially accepted language, we have to start thinking in
business terms (investment, products, selling, profits) not government funding
and bureaucracies.

-- Bob Mathis, (still) Convener ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22 WG9 Ada

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