Tom Moran wrote: > What might cause a programmer, when given a new assignment, > to say to his boss "Let's try Ada for this"? For me this one is simple: variable size data structures. When you need to implement twenty or so variable size data types and create all of the code to management them, you begin to discover the shortcomings of simple minded languages such as C. A simple example are strings. The C language itself can not represent a string. The best it does is give you a pointer and character datatype. It is up to the programmer to construct all of the access and maintenance functions. Of course, most C runtime libraries supply these functions so most C programmers claim C supports strings. The problem becomes much more difficult with more complex data types, such as non-homogenous lists and trees. When faced with such data structures, a C programmer naturally turns to C++. Again you find C++ has most of the same problems in this area as C but with overloading and templates the problems are much more managable but still not as complete and as elegant as Ada. When I discovered how easily Ada supported variable size data types, I knew I found just language I needed. Combine that with a better infrastructure through packages and generics, Ada was for me the best choice. PS. As for the much vaunted C/C++ toolset, take a deep look. Most of the tools are buggy and unreliable. How many C/C++ tools can correctly parse any given C source? Apparently similar code written to different compilers can have many strange parsing problems. C++ is even worse. Try to find a complete publically available grammar to construct tools from. I just can not wait until ACT releases a public ASIS-for-GNAT; then I can write some really useful tools! Dave Koogler Boolean Solutions, Ltd.