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"W. Wesley Groleau x4923" wrote:

> ...
> Some of the points may be addressed by John McCormick's experience
> switching from C to Ada in a real-time class.  (with C, and half the work
> done for them, no one ever completed the project; with Ada, and 10% done
> for them, half completed it.)

For those of you who missed John's 5-Star keynote briefing with this data on
Oct. 20 at SIGAda'99, visit
http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigada/conf/sigada99/Keynoters/ where John's is the
2nd PPT file.  Charts 7-8 present the data about C & Ada project completions
(& code supplied) mentioned above, and the next 3-4 charts offers John's
observations about the differences in the languages accounting for those
results.

Sorry, we did not capture the video of his train lab running & the wonderful
old train songs.  However, visit
http://www.acm.org/sigada/conf/sigada99/AdaWow.html which points to the PDF
archives of SIGAda99's daily newsletter ("Ada-WOW," Ada's Window On the
World).  The Oct.21 issue (#3) contains an article on John's keynote by Chris
"Mr. Ada" Sparks and a photo of John (you might be able to make out the
locomotive & smoke on his tie), and the last issue (#4) contains one pic of
his train layout.

Of course, time allowing, John <[log in to unmask]> is always glad to
answer questions and tell more about his railroading in Ada!   But he's at the
ACM SIGCSE symposium in Austin this week.  -hh