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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Stanley Allen <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 17:34:31 -0400
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Last time I wrote an article on Boeing's Ada work I had to do so
entirely without Boeing's help.  I believe it was for the 777, for which
I used compilers vendors' knowledge and others' articles.  Boeing's
corporate culture now is that, if I am writing an article, I must go
through PR. They have never heard of "Ada," wouldn't know an "Ada
software technical lead" if she danced the mambo on their desk top,
etc., so why bother returning my phone call asking to talk to one,
right?  If anyone out there can find me a name and a number to of
someone who will actually be allowed to talk to me, I'd be more than
happy to write this up.  The name in the article is Bruce Ammerman; I
didn't find an email address (also perfectly legit
thing to send to me) on him on the Web.

Stanley Allen wrote:
> Can anyone give an Ada perspective on this press release?
> 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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