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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 17:50:22 +0200
Reply-To: Jacob Sparre Andersen <[log in to unmask]>
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In-Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]> from "Roger Racine" at Apr 7, 99 10:11:09 am
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> >Are you sure the real reason is that they need data to prove
> >that a pure Ada project is cheaper than a non-Ada project?
> Quite sure.


> I was told that none of the software could be written in Ada,
> even if it came as part of a COTS product.

The latter restriction doesn't make sense. Isn't the whole
idea with COTS software that you never see the source code
and that you definitely don't care about such details as
programming language? The software just has to work and the
should include a life-time service contract in the price.

> I believe at least part of the
> reason is that this manager thinks that Ada-knowledgeable people are too
> scarce to be able to maintain the system for a reasonable cost.

We all know that there aren't as many (active) Ada
programmers as C programmers, but since it is pretty cheap
to educate good Ada programmers that shouldn't matter.


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