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Subject: Ada PR?
From: Stanley Allen <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 13:56:28 -0500
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Can anyone give an Ada perspective on this press release?

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/990527/wa_boeing__1.html

The note mentions that 900K slocs were delivered, but Ada
is not mentioned, though surely it was used.  Perhaps
mentioning the language is not always appropriate in a
press release (after all, what does Boeing have to gain by
saying that it was Ada code), but I have the feeling that if
Java was the implementation language, the article would
have mentioned it, just because Java is a 'hot item'
nowadays.

And what about the International Space Station?  Over this
weekend, the space station received a lot of good press
because of the successful installation of equipment and
smooth operations.  Ada is a critical technology for the
flight systems of the space station and many of the ground
systems (including the training facility, which I work on).

Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed perceive no vested interest
in publishing their Ada success stories.

In the past, compiler vendors would issue press releases
on success of various Ada-related projects.  AJPO used to
do some PR, usually by writing stories in its newsletter.

Does anyone know if the ARA has plans to publish Ada PR?

It would be nice if the Ada part of the story was told when
when a project successfully completes a milestone.

Stanley Allen
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