At 10:53 AM 2/2/01 +0000, Jim Briggs wrote:

. . .

>Here at Portsmouth we still teach Ada as the first language to a wide range
>of students on our computer science, software engineering and information
>technology courses. We believe it is the best language to support the
>teaching of the foundations of programming, especially modularity,
>readability and correctness. We use GNAT because it gives students better
>help with error messages than any other compiler we've seen.

It is very refreshing to here there are still a few (your faculty and
Barns' as well) academics who take their work seriouly and reason about
what language to use.

As a (retired) academe let me caution you, however.  Such clear, rational
thinking COULD get you in trouble!  :)

S. Ron Oliver, semi-retired professor of Computer Science and Computer

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