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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
From: Matthew Heaney <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 05:30:35 -0800
In-Reply-To: Alan E & Carmel J Brain's message of "Tue, 15 Dec 1998 22:28:46 +1000"
Reply-To: Matthew Heaney <[log in to unmask]>
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How about something a little more prosaic, like:

Zap them bugs!  Use Ada

Squash bugs dead!  Use Ada

Who's got the time to fix it?  Use Ada

Really, I don't mind the safety-critical, high-integrity angle.  But it
would be nice to develop grass-roots support for Ada among those who
aren't necessarily in that domain.

I have a hypothesis that programmers use the language they know, no
matter what the domain, and make whatever circuitous justifications are
necessary in order to rationalize that choice of language.

I think we should market ourselves to the GNU/Linux community.

Also, GNU/Hurd seems like an Ada opportunity.  It isn't done yet, and
daemons can be written independently of each other.  Is there some piece
of GNU/Hurd that we can write in Ada?  Can we coordinate this with FSF
and Debian?

How about:

We got your Linux right here!  Use Ada

Don't throw away your C.  Call it...from Ada.

GNAT: It's not a bug, it's a bug-killer.

Ada's Definitely Accessible

Actively Developing Ada

Alan E & Carmel J Brain <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> Jerry van Dijk wrote:
> >
> > >                  When your software has to fly...
> > >                          Choose Ada.
> > >
> > > Ada is the language of the International Space Station, Boeing jets,
> > > world-wide Air Traffic Control, and the French TGV high-speed train.
> >
> > etc.
> >
> > My first impression is: obviously a great language for safety critical
> > applications. We do not build safety critical applications, so... we
> > stick to C++ (or JAVA, or...)
> >
> > Does anyone else get the same impression or is this just me again ?
> I got the same impresssion. We need something like....
>    When you need software On Time and Under Budget
>                      Choose Ada
> Programmer productivity in Ada is at least as high as
> other OOP languages such as C++. You get more Function Points
> per Dollar, less Re-Testing, Higher Reusability.
> Robust, Industrial-strength Compilers are cheap (some are
> Copyleft Free) and you don't need a million expensive tools
> for bounds checking - the compiler does that for you
>         And that means a better bottom line.
> --
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