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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Programming Language Advocacy (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
X-To: David Botton <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 11:37:16 -0500
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David Botton <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> I am surprised there have been no takers yet (ok, I know, turkey
> weekend, but still). I am hoping to use responses to build a better
> FAQ, articles, etc. The question was:
>
> Why should any one learn Ada as their first language?
>
> If we can't give a compelling answer to a question like that, we are in
> big trouble....

I don't see the "big trouble".

I learned APL as my first language, and I turned out ok.

One characteristic of good programmers is the willingness to learn new
tools as time goes on.

On the other hand, Pascal was _designed_ as a teaching language, and
as others have pointed out, a suitable subset of Ada is a "better
Pascal" for teaching purposes.

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-- Stephe

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