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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Toshitaka KUMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 27 Aug 2001 08:46:58 +0200
Pascal Obry <[log in to unmask]>
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Toshitaka KUMANO writes:
 > No new books. No stock of published books in bookstores.
 > No articles in general software magazine.
 > Especially no books of application domain, such as
 > "Networking Programming with Ada", "Numeric recipe with Ada",
 > "Embedded Programming with Ada",  or so.

Ok, but that is not really decline since there has never been many books about
Ada. Here in France most libraries have 2 or 3 books on Ada and hundredth about
C/C++ and Java...

 > If Ada has enough popularity or commercial interest, there should be
 > numerous books or articles, including *bogus* somewhat like copycat.
 > I also see various efforts, including you, Pascal, has been done.
 > I consider, however, the efforts get no popularity outside the Ada
 > community, so far.

Right, but maybe sometime :)

 > I hope that GNAT included GCC distribution, and included Linux
 > distribution make some change here.

Could be the case indeed.

 > Especially the advent of "killer application" which needs GNAT
 > to be built with.

There is GVD (GNU Visual Debugger) that is part of GNOME.

 > > Maybe that's a local (Japan) problem...
 > Maybe.
 > # In Japan, no Ada95 book. no stock for Ada83 book.
 > # I would like to write or translate some, it is doubt that
 > # publishers get interest.
 > Among my profession, software in defense system, the repeal of mandate
 > by DoD, is misunderstood, and indeed make bad effect on Ada in Japan.
 > # There WAS SigAda Japan, but now it is dissolved.
 > True or False, there is such an rumor in Japan that U.S. Navy
 > put an end to use Ada, and managers believe that.

Sad to here !

All in all, Toshitaka, I agree with you here. My reaction was more regarding
the Net life of Ada. I think that Ada has never been so alive in the Internet
community. This is important because more and more projects are beeing
done. Most (all ?) of them using GNU/Ada and here we agree, GNAT is very
good for the Ada community.

Next step is for these projects to live outside of the Ada community... But
this is another story.



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