Fernando Tricas García wrote:

 > Many people agree that Pascal is a good starting language. But Pascal
 > is not a real language: if you want to use it for real proyects you
 > need tu buy some vendor solution and use his aditions to the language.
 > Moreover, Pascal is not a easy to learn language (irregularities in
 > the use of ; and other language constructions. Ada solves these
 > problems: you can use for starters a subset of the language that will
 > allow them to grow (and to use more features when needed). The syntax
 > is very regular. Compiler available for several platforms for free.

The US Military Academy (West Point) used Pascal as its 1st language.
They did a controlled experiment comparing Pascal and Ada as the 1st
language, and Ada was found to be the better language for learning.

Jeff Carter
"I wave my private parts at your aunties."
Monty Python & the Holy Grail