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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
From: "Harbaugh, John S" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 07:36:32 -0700
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> Sent:         Tuesday, October 13, 1998 9:26 PM
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> Subject:      Re: Ada's Pros and Cons
> [log in to unmask] (W. Wesley Groleau x4923) quoted and then
> wrote:
> >> ..... implemented good 70s level Fortran and
> >> Cobol system designs using Ada syntax.  ......
> >
> >You could easily add C and perhaps other to that list.  Sometimes
> they used
> >the syntax of their "native" language as far as the Ada compiler
> would let
> >them.
> >
> >   if (a = b) then ...
> That particular example seems like a case where Ada might do what the
> programmer
> wanted, rather than what the programmer wrote.  In C the programmer
> probably
> meant ==.
This illustrates a fundamental advantage of Ada:  It is difficult to
write correct programs that have typos.  This was one of the reasons
Bell Labs did not even submit C as a candidate language for what became


        - John