Wed, 6 Nov 1996 19:24:52 -0500
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> If one language is better than another by x%, then presumably we
> could begin saving x% of the total software budget, each year for
> the foreseeable future, by switching to that language. Just 1% of
> just $10**9/yr * 10 years = $100 million dollars. Surely, that
> would fund even an expensive set of experiments or data gathering.
Hmmm. For $100 million dollars, I can probably do that
experiment. But for $10 million I can substantially improve the
software development process in the "weaker" langauge, and the
In fact many years ago I was involved in such a project at
Honeywell, studying development in Ada, C, or Pascal vs. assembly
language. Total cost was in the millions, for a total of six data
points. But the most important result was that one of the C teams
wrote code that could be converted to Ada with a few emacs macros.
They could also do the reverse conversion. This meant that their code
used a subset of Ada (and/or C) functionality, but gained the
advantages of strong type checking, etc. How do you evaluate that
data point? Push the money and/or the project size up, and you will
get evem more of the same effect.
Robert I. Eachus
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