Sat, 4 Dec 1999 00:23:16 EST
Tucker Taft oAda person quoted and then wrote:
>From: [log in to unmask] (Tucker Taft)
>Sender: [log in to unmask] (Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95))
>Reply-to: [log in to unmask] (Tucker Taft)
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>Roger Racine wrote:
>> This whole discussion does not say much for us Ada advocates. It is very
>> difficult to sell Ada when the keeper of the Ada repository truly believes
>> it is not the right language to teach, because the tools are not up to his
>I think you are missing the point. You can believe Ada is ideal for
>building safety-critical software, but believe it is not the best
>language for other things (e.g. teaching introductory computer science).
>Of course, you (and I) might disagree with Richard about
>where Ada is useful, but that does not mean that
>Richard Conn is not devoted to promoting Ada in the areas
>where he believes it is useful, and not where he does not believe it is
>the best solution.
And certainly there is no evidence of Richard Conn posting notices saying
"only those with a safety-critical application should use this material
on these web pages".
A discussion among Ada fans about where effort should be expended should
never be inappropriate unless you want the Ada community to behave as a
bigger bunch of "lemmings" than those who latch on to any other language
as a knee-jerk reaction.