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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Gene Ouye <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 24 Dec 1997 20:01:45 -0800
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David Weller <[log in to unmask]>
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I would like to work on them with someone else (not necessarily one other
else).  I can commit some time to them, but I don't think I would have
enough time to do them all myself.

And Dave, you have done nothing to be forgiven.  You took the initiative to
get them started, and you led the way for all of us who will follow.  It
will be a much easier job for those of us who pick this up now because we
won't be starting from scratch.

Thank you for all your contributions (past, present, and future) to the Ada
community.

Gene Ouye <[log in to unmask]>

On Wednesday, December 24, 1997 2:54 PM, David Weller
[SMTP:[log in to unmask]] wrote:
> For each of us, the New Year represents a time of reflection and
> rededication.  Many of us will make New Year's resolutions, swearing
> to avoid a vice, help others, and otherwise do something generally
> redeeming to ourselves and those around us.
>
> For almost three years now, I've tried to pursue a "spare time love"
> that was important to both myself and the Ada community: The Ada95
> Booch Components.  It is time to admit I am doing a severe injustice
> to the Ada community at large by attempting to complete these
> components.  In a nutshell, I need a volunteer to take over.
>
> I have realized that it is next to impossible to expect my workload to
> change appreciably in this coming year.  I'm a senior member of a
> small and growing company, and my "spare time" is absorbed with
> performing many software development tasks (some in Ada) to help the
> company grow.  To let the components gather dust is, IMHO, criminal.
> And thus I am guilty.  It is with a sad heart that I must hand the
> responsibility over to somebody that can affort more time to it.
>
> I discussed this briefly with Jack Beidler, who has expressed a
> willingness to take the task over, but I think he and I both would be
> more comfortable with a person (or persons) who would be able to make
> the time and commitment to getting these things done by the
> springtime.  This posting is deliberately limited to Team-Ada.  If you
> think a non-Team-Ada person is interested in tackling this task, by
> all means forward it.  Please note that you should be fluent in both
> C++ and Ada95 to have any reasonable timetable for success :-)
>
> While I am unable to give the time necessary to develop the
> components, I'm more than willing to provide "historical guidance" to
> whoever picks up the baton.  Further, I have a large set of notes that
> I can also provide to help out.
>
> I hope each of you can appreciate the sheer willpower it takes for me
> to even write this note.  To admit that I cannot find the time to
> complete this task is heartbreaking.  However, I cannot bear
> disappointing the Ada community further.  I hope the work I've already
> done has been beneficial to others.  I know it has been rewarding
> _and_ enlightening for myself.
>
> I must ask each of you, the supporters of this fine programming
> language, to forgive me.
>
> Respecfully,
> David G. Weller
> December 24, 1997

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