Richard: In my local pond (Denmark), the use of Ada is practically zero, but I wouldn't say that we have lost a market here - I don't think we've ever had it. I know of two companies (DDC-I and Terma) and a handful of people (mostly people I have taught) using Ada here. I don't try to convince "decision makers" to switch to Ada. I go for those who write programs for fun - preferably as Open Source. I have given one introductory talk on Ada in the local Linux user group (SSLUG), which was reasonably positively received, and I plan to give another one focused on distributed programming using GNAT and GLADE, in connection with another talk on parallelising programs. My main problem when giving talks is that it is hard to find the right places to point people to for further information. Maybe we should join forces to build up a new "Ada Home" (this time Open Sourced and with several teamers editing, so we can continue to update it, even if some people leaves the project)? I don't know if any of the existing Ada web sites live up to this. > So we are currently without any kind of open promotion of > Ada. No articles are being published. JOOP has decided > to no longer have an Ada column, not because my writing is > so awful but because they see no point in it. As a physicist, I don't know exactly what the programming journals want in an article. I just write programs (and give radio interviews about them ;-), but I find it hard to write anything interesting about the programs themselves. Has any of you tried to write a series of articles on getting started with Ada for a "main stream" magazine like Linux Journal? If done, it should show off some of Ada' strengths, and preferably also reject common criticisms of Ada (slow, no GUI programming, ...). Greetings, Jacob -- "Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen."