Sat, 11 Sep 1999 16:00:25 -0400
Richard Conn, ASE and PAL Manager
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Tom Moran
> Sent: Saturday, September 11, 1999 1:09 AM
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> Subject: Re: Two interesting approaches to job hunting and more
> > And Visual Basic is a LOT easier ... my students all ran
> >their first GUI-oriented programs with various degrees of bells and
> >whistles after 1.5 hours of instruction and 1.5 hours of lab.
> Do your Ada students use GUI Builders or thick bindings, and
> it still takes them more than 3 hours till first GUI program?
No, they don't use GUI Builders. Ada is Ada and VB is VB. GUIs are a
part of VB, and they are an add-on to Ada. "Hello world" in Ada is
still using Text_IO ... "Hello world" in VB is drawing a form that contains
a button that launches another form (or message box) when pressed. This
form or message box contains a graphic and the text of the message.
"Hello world" in Ada requires 5 lines of code (counting carriage returns),
while "Hello world" in VB requires the programmer to draw a picture and
write 1 line of code.
These are what I do on the first day in each class. Who do you think gets
more excited? ;-)
Microsoft goes me a lot better ... in their Learning VB package (which
contains a scaled-down VB and a multimedia tutorial), "Hello World" is
a slot machine. One of my students bought this Learning VB package for $30.
> p.s. In original BASIC "PRINT 2+2" was *really* quick to learn.
Yep ... so is drawing a picture and writing a message box command in VB.
VB is by no means BASIC, altho you can see the BASIC in your one line of