Jerry van Dijk commented: = > My first impression is: obviously a great language for safety = > critical applications. We do not build safety critical applications, = > so... we stick to C++ (or JAVA, or...) = > = > Does anyone else get the same impression or is this just me again ? Ed Falis a.o replied: = I got the same impression. It is not only our impression. In numerous contacts this his been mentioned to me several times: most people were ready to acknowledge the value of Ada for safety critical applications, i.e. safety critical => seriously consider Ada but then use incorrect logic to claim not safety critical => Ada needs not to be considered. Although we should of course keep stressing the value of Ada in that "niche", we should certainly diversify and make people aware Ada helps to develop more reliable software in all application areas. When I spoke to a journalist a few years ago, and mentioned him the advantages of Ada, spoke about the areas were it is most used, and the fact it helps to develop software that really has to work, he reacted: "But this is valuable for almost all software!". The result was an article about software development in a Belgian general engineering publication that favourably mentioned Ada. To conclude, we should try to avoid creating a one-to-one mapping safety critical <=> Ada into people's minds, IMHO. Dirk ([log in to unmask] for Ada-Belgium e-mail) -- Dirk Craeynest | OFFIS nv/sa | Email [log in to unmask] Ada-Belgium | Weiveldlaan 41/32 | Phone +32(2)725.40.25 Ada-Europe | B-1930 Zaventem | +32(2)729.97.36 (work) Team Ada | Belgium | Fax +32(2)725.40.12 +-------------/ E-mail: [log in to unmask] |Ada-Belgium / WWW: http://www.cs.kuleuven.ac.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/ |on Internet/ FTP: ftp://ftp.cs.kuleuven.ac.be/pub/Ada-Belgium +----------/ Mail-list: [log in to unmask] *** Ada's success is still one of the world's best-kept secrets. *** We're doing what we can to help change that.