From: "Pat Rogers" <[log in to unmask]> > > Do the project in Ada, it takes 30 people 2 years, then 1 person to > > maintain. > > > > Do it in C++, it takes 30 people 18 months, then 20 people to maintain. > > <begin rant> > No, no, no! This idea that it generally/usually/always takes longer to > develop the initial product in Ada -- i.e. that productivity is lower in > Ada -- must not continue to be promulgated I must disagree. It takes less time in Ada to make a *working* product. One that pretty much does just about all of what it's supposed to. But one that sorta kinda appears to work if you don't look closely - good enough for release to a non-discerning public used to Microsoft's lack of quality - that can be done quicker in C, C++ etc. Of course I've personally seen a complex Ada AI system that communicated with a dozen simple peripherals, where the single PCs emulating them (programmed in C) sorta kinda sometimes worked after 1 week of programming. But 3 months later, the Ada system was ready with zero category 3 or above defects in many Klocs, and these comparitively trivial systems in C were still "90% complete", requiring 2/3 of the original team to "maintain".