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Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 12:27:49 -0400
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I understood your question, but I do not have a good answer.  I,
unfortunately, see trends that I do not like.  For example, I have been
told that Boeing is having a lot of trouble finding subcontractors who are
willing to use Ada (for commercial avionics).  So they are looking at
Java.  The project I am currently finishing had a requirement to use
C.  When I asked why not allow Ada, they used the "Worried that there will
not be anyone to maintain it in the future" argument.  For a new project,
the software Lead wanted to use Ada, but the developers talked him out of it.

Is this valid "data"?  No.  Too small a sample.  Not a scientific
study.  Extrapolations are generally only valid for a small delta time past
the present.

Roger Racine

At 11:10 AM 7/29/2002 , Ed Colbert wrote:
>Hi Craig
>Was my question too obscure?  What I meant was do you think there will
>be new software projects using Ada 5, 10, 20 years from now?  Also, do
>you think there will be more or fewer Ada compiler and tool suppliers?
>Take care,
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Craig Carey [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Friday, July 26, 2002 11:37 PM
>To: Ed Colbert
>Subject: Millions of lines of code : Re: What's Ada's life expectancy?
>At 02\07\26 16:15 -0700 Friday, Ed Colbert wrote:
>  >Hi All,
>  >
>  >I was asked, "what's Ada's life expectancy?"  I thought I'd get the
>  >consensus of this group before I respond.
>  >
>  >I'd appreciate any data you have to support your position?
>  >
>The life expectancy ?:
>mailto:[log in to unmask]&body=ada-comment
>It seems that some of the defects in Ada need to remain even though
>they could be removed. However features seem to be easier to add.

Roger Racine
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