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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
X-To: Simon Wright <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 19:03:44 -0800
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From: Bob Leif
To: Simon Wright et al.
Although, I disagree with Sy Wong on some subjects, he is absolutely right
on the need for VHDL and Ada to become one. From a pragmatic business view
point, it makes sense to merge the languages. As is well known, this should
have been done when they were both created.

The technical question is how to extend Ada '95 to include the functionality
of VHDL and maintain backwards compatibility for both languages. The human,
usually more difficult, question is how to get both groups to work together.
C++ should help provide motivation.

It must be emphasized, that chips with tens and soon hundreds of millions of
transistors require an Ultra High Reliability Language, UHRL. The chip
design companies should be very good customers, who can easily afford
expensive software engineering products.

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From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Simon Wright
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 1999 1:22 PM
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Subject: Re: Ada in the Press


> From: [log in to unmask]
[...]
> Corporate America (most of it at any rate) is more set on the bottom line
> (only today's of course) and the stock price than in doing a good job. I
> don't know how to change that. The really ironic part of it is the move
> toward VHDL on the hardware side. It makes use of a good number of Ada
> concepts.

I gather that nowadays codesign is using C or C++. Because "there are
so many more C programmers out there."

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