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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 1 Jun 2000 12:21:44 -0700
"Dale Jr, William" <[log in to unmask]>
"Dale Jr, William" <[log in to unmask]>
Bill Dale <[log in to unmask]>
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Here is a call to program!

Ham Radio is an active domain with many computer programs to do lots of
things from design radios, antennas, etc. to build and track satellites.
All of these programs are written in some other language than Ada as far as
I know.   Very few are open source - Hams' seem to think they can get rich
selling stuff to other Hams' ;-)

Recently the FCC revised the license structure to reduce the classes to
licenses to three :  Technician ( no-Morse Code) ,  General ( 5 wpm code)
and Extra (also 5 wpm).  Each class also has a  written test.  The question
banks are public and in text form at
but some questions include diagrams and figures published in pdf format.

I propose to write a training and testing program in Ada that reads the
question bank and submits questions to the user.  This program can be built
to work off-line or online using JGNAT or other JVM Ada compiler.

An online version of such a program already exists - written in Java/Perl
probably :   I want to rebuild it in Ada and
eventually add more training information.  A off-line version adds the
ability to make the tool more mobile.  A JVM version could run on Mac's and
even Palm Pilots where Ada has very poor support.  All would be open source.

Such programs will get wide dissemination and offer a chance to show Ada's
strengths.  Hand them out source and all at any conference or meeting you
attend.  I plan to get working on it later this month.

William L. Dale
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Doran, Steven [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2000 11:01 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Ada / Linux
> I think it would be great if our discussion about Ada @ LinuxExpo would
> stimulate a greater involvement in the Open Source community. Just
> imagine, for example, if Samba was written in Ada. There would be
> hundreds,
> if not thousands, of open source programmers scrambling to learn Ada in
> order to contribute to the Samba project.
> I also think that many cool things could be written between now and
> LinuxExpo
> if we had a "call to program" in this discussion group. I know I could
> write
> one or two things in that time span. That way, we WOULD have more to offer
> than
> just GNAT. BTW. Count be in to volunteer if we do have a booth.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tucker Taft [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2000 9:59 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Lamenting Ada
> We aren't dismissing Linux.  However, all the ARA money comes from the
> individual compiler vendors.  Inevitably if you have a booth
> at a conference, people will ask what you have to offer that
> relates to the conference.  At the moment that is strictly GNAT.
> -Tuck