From:  Tucker Taft <[log in to unmask]>

> is a big mistake in my view
> for the Ada community to continue to emphasize only long-term savings while
> ignoring short-term issues.  It is pretty clear that time to market is
> the most important criteria in most commercial software development
> activities these days.   I believe that Ada can be used in a prototyping
> mode, and still provide significant benefits, in ease of debugging,
> ease of reading, compile-time error detection, etc.

I strongly agree with this.

All the supposed technical trade-offs of Ada-vs.-whatever:

    long-term vs. short-term
    large-scale vs. small-scale
    "mission-critical" vs. ??? (What?  An alpha-test demo?)
    real-time vs. non-real-time

are myths, and it's not productive in the long run to play to them.

Best regards,


Mark Lundquist
Senior Software Engineer
Rational Software
Development Solutions Business Unit
UNIX Suites Group
Aloha, OR, USA