At 21:10 11/03/1997 +0100, Daniel Wengelin wrote:
>Fellow Teamers,
>
>early in the long debate on the Mandate and the recent developments, I seem
>to recall a comment that there is ample "hard scientific data" that the
>productivity using Ada is superior to that of using e.g. C.
>
>Having found nothing at the HBAP I would very much like to be pointed in
>the right direction. Not that scientific data will always do the trick, but
>at some point in the debate, it's necessary to take to the "hard" tools of
>argument ;-)
An old (maybe the first) such study is a paper called "Ada's impact : A
quantitative assessment", by Don Reifer. It appeared in 1987, as far as I
remember in the proceedings of a SIGAda conference in Washington DC.
The study is extremely accurate, and although a bit old, I heard that Reifer
later made new measures that simply confirmed his first findings.
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